RAJSHAHI: Rajshahi Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (RWASA) is going to implement a mega project aimed at supplying safe drinking water among Rajshahi city dwellers.
The project titled ‘Rajshahi WASA Surface Water Treatment Plant’ will be implemented with an estimated cost of Taka 4062.22 crore to remove the existing water supply related problems, reports BSS.RWASA Superintending Engineer Parvej Mahmud said Chinese Government will extend a loan worth Tk 2313.59 crore as project assistance.
Rajshahi WASA authorities recently signed a four-year agreement with a Chinese company to set up the new surface water treatment plant to increase the surface-level water supply by reducing dependence on groundwater.
Under the project, raw water intake, treatment plant and booster pump station will be constructed. To this end, a total of 52.48 acres of land in Jothgosaidas and Sarengpur areas in Godagari Upazila and Balia area in Paba Upazila have already been acquired.
Engineer Mahmud said the project has also provision of installing 53-kilometer main pipelines and 48- kilometer primary and secondary distribution pipelines for initiating a strong water supply network.
The mega project has been adopted to supply fresh drinking water under a 40-year water supply management master plan.
Giving a salient feature of the project, Mahmud said that the project will carry water through pipelines from the Padma River, purify it and then supply to city houses.The surface water-based plant with capacity of treating 20-crore liter water daily will be set up at Farhadpur, 26.5 kilometers west from the city under Godagari upazila.
From this water purification plant, fresh drinking water will be supplied to all 30 wards in Rajshahi City Corporation and its surrounding areas as well as 11 wards of Katakhali and Naohata municipal areas.
All old pipelines and hydrants of the city will also be repaired and renovated under the project.
He also said the RWASA has, so far, brought more than 4.04 lakh city dwellers under its water supply coverage.
“So far, we have brought 73.28 percent of Rajshahi city’s total around 6.52 lakh population under the water supply coverage,” said Mahmud.
Currently, 7.78-crore liters water is being extracted through 96 production pumps in all 30 wards under Rajshahi City Corporation daily against total demand of 11.33-crore liters.
There are 712.50-kilometer pipelines to distribute the extracted water.
Engineer Mamud said all the RWASA’s procurement activities are being operated through e-GP process besides launching e-filling. Computerised billing system has been initiated.
At present, water charges are being received from the consumers through mobile banking.
The government has adopted the mega project to remove the city’s water problem. Under the project, water from the Padma River will be supplied to households for only drinking purposes after necessary treatment.
Upon successful implementation, the project will ensure customer satisfaction according to water demand through boosting supply from 71 percent to 100 percent average daily consumption until 2035.