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edotco, BRAC to ensure safe drinking water at Maheshkhali

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 8th December, 2020 12:00:00 AM
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edotco, BRAC to ensure safe drinking water at Maheshkhali

edotco Bangladesh and non-government organization BRAC have initiated reverse osmosis (RO) based water treatment plants to provide safe drinking water to over thousand families of the underprivileged community of the remote areas in Maheshkhali.

Managing Director of edotco Bangladesh, Ricky Steyn, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Vice Chairman, Subrata Roy, and Director of BRAC’s Communicable Diseases and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme Md Akramul Islam graced the inauguration programme.

Inhabitants in Maheshkhali, a distant island of Cox’s Bazar District, mostly rely on shallow wells, ponds, and streams, which are often contaminated both biologically and chemically beyond human consumption.

Water supply from these sources is also shrinking due to the constant intrusion of the saltine.

 This has made the lives of the lowest income groups difficult, especially the women and children, as they spend 4 - 5 hours a day fetching water from distant sources.

These groups also suffer significantly from waterborne diseases due to use of unsafe water for human consumption which impact the high cost of health care due to illness.