The High Court has directed the government to test WASA-supplied water of 34 areas in the capital in laboratories of BUET and Dhaka University.
The court also asked WASA to give Tk 1,70,000 to a committee formed by the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry to test the water.A division bench comprising Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Khairul Alam passed the order on Tuesday.
The court ruling came following a writ petition filed by Advocate Tanvir Ahmed.
The court ruling provides that the committee will have to collect and test samples of surface water from Buriganga and Shitalakkhya rivers and water from groundwater sources of the rivers.
The committee will have to submit its report to the court by July 2.
Professor Sabita Rizwana Rahman, the head of Microbiology Department at DU, appeared before the court and placed her opinions.
She told the court that the test report on water may vary in different seasons.On May 15, the ministry said that an amount of Tk 76 lakh is needed to test quality of WASA water.
On May 13, the HC directed the ministry to submit a report on an approximate cost for testing WASA water.
The court expressed dissatisfaction with WASA for its failure to test water in 11 zones.
Tanvir Ahmed, who filed the writ, drew attention of the court to a news item that water of 16 areas, including Jurain, Pallabi, Mirpur, Mohammadpur and Postagola, is not hygienic.
However, Dhaka WASA failed to submit the report on May 13 and sought more time.
On May 7, speakers at a programme held WASA responsible for supply of its contaminated water and urged stakeholders to take measures to solve the problem. They also condemned commercialisation of drinking water.