‘Protect waterbodies to meet future demand of drinking water’

Staff Correspondent

10 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

‘Protect waterbodies to meet future demand of drinking water’

Participants of a seminar titled ‘Water for All: Living No One Behind’ pose for a photo with guests on the campus of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology on Monday. – Sun phoTO

Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Cwasa) Managing Director (MD) Engineer AKM Fazlullah laid emphasis on protecting the water-bodies to meet the future demand of safe drinking water in the country.

He said this while addressing as the chief guest at a seminar on ‘Water for All: Living No One Behind’ at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) on Monday.

The university Water Resources Engineering Department organised the seminar at Council Room marking the ‘World Water Day.’

Addressing the seminar, the Cwasa MD said the sources of safe drinking water are being shrunk gradually in the cities and villages of the country.

“Some 97 per cent water of the world is not usable. So, we need to depend on the rest three per cent for meeting demand of the huge population,” he said.

The safe water is now called as blue-gold. Many countries have been considering the issue very seriously, said the MD.

“So, we will have to think about ensuring the safe water for rural areas along with the urban ones considering the future crisis,” he observed.

Besides, the matter of sanitation is also related to the safe drinking water for ensuring good health, Fazlullah said adding that people are yet to be aware about the sanitation.

CUET Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Mohammad Rafiqul Alam was the special guests at the seminar chaired by the Water Resources Engineering department Head Professor Dr Aysha Akhter.

Civil Engineering faculty Acting Dean Professor Dr Md Saiful Islam, the department Lecturers Palan Chakma and Rifat Talha Khan addressed the seminar among others.

A total of 150 researchers from different universities and institutions took part in the seminar where five technical sessions and two panel sessions were held.

Earlier, a colourful procession was brought out marking the day on the campus.