The World Water Day 2019 was observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe with various programmes on Friday.
Different government and private organizations chalked out elaborate programmes across the country marking the day.The programmes included rallies, discussions and seminars, highlighting problems of polluted water and supply of safe dirking water.
Theme of the Day this year is ‘Leaving No One Behind’. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG).
Bangladesh has achieved tremendous socioeconomic progress during the last 10 years of Awami League government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
During this time, the country has achieved great success in developing literacy, eliminating poverty, reducing child mortality rate, fighting corruption and achieving women empowerment.
The country also graduated from the status of least developed countries (LDC) to developing one. The government has set various development goals and 100-year plan.
On September 4 last year, the government approved Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) 2100 in a bid to tap the huge potentials through water resources management, ensuring food and water security and tackling disasters.Bangladesh is also seriously implementing SDGs, including goal 6 which aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030.
In the discussion and seminar, experts and speakers underscored the need for ensuring safe water for people of the country.
They discussed arsenic and chemical contamination of water which is being consumed by the people, inviting serious health hazards.
Many companies are selling bottled water in the name of safe drinking water. The market has been flooded with unsafe bottled and jar waters having no BSTI approval, the discussants said.
The law enforcing agencies seized such unlicensed and unsafe waters but a section of unscrupulous businessmen continue to market and sell unhygienic bottled and jar water.
Water supplied by WASA and various agencies are sometimes highly toxic due to mixture of chemical and other effluents.
In such a situation, experts suggest that high quality water purifiers can be a way out as water filtered through such device is worthy of drinking and cooking.
The Awami League government has taken various steps to ensure safe water for all people.
BIWTA has been demolishing all illegal structures including commercial hubs and residential houses from the river banks to protect the water bodies from being grabbed and polluted.
To create public awareness, water resources ministry has decided to observe World Water Day 2019 through special programmes across the country on May 11. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the event at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre on the day, sources at the ministry said.