WASA to ensure safe drinking water by 2021
According to a news report published on last Monday, the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is going to replace and install new pipes for supplying safe drinking water in areas where supplied water has been identified as contaminated. Many toxic particles and metals have been found in the supply water of some areas such as --Jurain, Rayerbag, Doniya, Shyampur, Merajnagar, East Kadamtoli, Shonir Akhra, Matuwail, Konapara, Mohammadpur, Bhuighor, Delpara and Muslim Nagar. However, it has been estimated that more than 15 lakh people of various parts of the city will be provided with safe drinking water by next year.
The report also said that a project titled, 'Emergency Water Lines Replacement at Different Area in Dhaka Mahanagar' had been submitted to the Planning Commission and it is awaiting its approval. The estimated project cost will be Tk 48.98 crore and the project aims to replace 68 kilometres of pipelines while adding 10 kilometres new lines.
It is indeed a relief for tens of thousands of city dwellers as they have been struggling to get safe and clean drinking water for years. These people have been suffering for long and their daily life continues to be hampered for the scarcity of safe drinking water.
According to a report by World Bank from 2018, E-coli bacteria has been found in 80% of private water taps and even in the deep underground water. These water sources are frequently contaminated with large amount of metals and other pollutants. Undoubtedly, drinking this contaminated water poses a serious health risk to city dwellers. It was a crying need for WASA to put an end to the crisis and now it seems that they will finally be able to ensure safe drinking water in all parts of Dhaka city.
However, besides reinstalling and replacing old pipes, WASA must discover alternative safe water sources. And one of them is WASA must clean up water sources like rivers, which have become so polluted over the years that now it is quite impossible to revive them. Not to mention, 6.0 million litres of water is presently supplied from the Buriganga and Shitalakhya. The point, however, initiatives should be taken to protect these rivers from further pollution. Additionally, more water ATM Booths can be installed so that all people have access to pure drinking water and obviously this 'safe and pure' water access should be introduced free of cost.