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Wasa rejects TIB report, claims its water safe

Published : Sunday, 21 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 852

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) has rejected the research report of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) that said 91 percent clients of the WASA have to boil water before drinking.
The Managing Director of Dhaka Wasa, Engineer Taksim A Khan, on Saturday rejected the report terming it a low- quality one.
"It's not a professional research report. It didn't collect data in scientific way, Taksim said at a press conference held at Dhaka Reporters Unity.
Claiming supplied water by WASA as 100 per cent drinkable, he said, Water supplied by Dhaka Wasa is completely drinkable.
"We've collected 243 samples from different parts of Dhaka from 11-19 November and found the standard of water satisfactory," Taksim said at the press briefing.
Sometimes, contaminated water is found in some old supply lines but the authorities fix the problem immediately, he added.
Earlier, on Wednesday, TIB unveiled a study that claimed that 51.5 percent of consumers in Dhaka said that the water supplied by the state-run utility company is contaminated.
Furthermore, 41.4 percent said the water was stinking while 34.5 percent said the water was both contaminated and stinking throughout the year, the study said.
The anti-graft watchdog in its study published on Wednesday showed that 93 per cent consumers reported that they take various means to make the supply water drinkable. Of the respondendents, 91 per cent reported that they boil before using water for drinking.  
It has been estimated that for the purpose of making the water drinkable by boiling has an implication of burning natural gas amounting 36,5,7,37,008 cubic metres, which cost approximately Tk 3.32 billion every year, said the study.
The study was carried out using samples collected between April last year and March of this year from residential, commercial, industrial and slum areas under 10 WASA zones.

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