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Water crisis hits parts of capital

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 9 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Water crisis hits parts of capital
Holding pitchers and buckets, the residents of Fayedabad in Dakkhinkhan area in the capital demonstrate at Azampur on Monday demanding supply of water. They allege that they are not getting a single drop of water since Eid-ul-Azha.

City dwellers are facing acute water crisis in different areas of the capital as their water supply has either been stopped or it is insufficient to fulfil their basic everyday needs.

In some areas, there has been no water supply for seven days at a stretch while residents in some places have not been getting water for 15 days.

People living in East Azampur, Kuril, Bishwa Road, Vatara Nurer Chala, Uttar Badda, Madhya Badda, Merul DIT, Kalachandpur, Agargaon, Rayerbazar and some areas of Mirpur are the worst sufferers.

Residents of these areas have complained to WASA about the water shortage. But they found no remedy after complaining to the hotline, including various regional offices of WASA, about such water problems.

According to WASA sources, water shortage has occurred in some areas as the underground water level has gone down. To solve this problem, out of more than 800 pumps in Dhaka, the company is boring more than 100 pumps.

WASA said once the boring work is completed, the water problem will be solved a lot. Apart from this, if Gandharbpur Water Treatment Plant at Rupganj in Narayanganj is commissioned, the dependence on groundwater will be reduced to a large extent.

Fayedabad main road area in East Azampur has been without water for 15 days.  

Locals alleged that the main line, which was installed recently, is too much high from the distribution line. As the water pressure is very low, residents of Pacha Shishu Sharani, Darusalam Mosjid Road, Adam Ali Goli and Farid Mia Goli area are not getting water.

Md Anisur Rahman, a resident of this area, said, “There is no water in this area for the last two weeks. We have not been able to take a bath for the last few days due to lack of water.”

“People are not getting water anywhere despite going from house to house with buckets. Cooking, eating, bathing - everything is being disrupted. People of the area are facing a lot of problems due to lack of water,” he added.

Sajib Ahmed, a resident of Bhatara area, said, “We have not been getting sufficient water for more than a week. Despite repeated complaints to WASA regional office, the problem is not solved.”

He said, “House owners are buying water from WASA cars at an extra cost. When they get such water, water is released once for the tenants. During the time, we have to do all the water-related work, including shower and bathroom.”

An official of WASA head office on condition of anonymity said the reason for the water crisis in different areas is that the water level has gone down. Apart from this, the rainfall has decreased and many water pumps have broken down. There has been some shortage of water in some areas.

He said, “Currently, we have more than 800 pumps. Out of this, boring work is going on in more than 100 pumps. When this work is completed, it is expected that water problems in certain areas will be solved. Apart from this, we intend to install several new pumps. But space is not available for it. We will install some more pumps if we get space.”

According to Dhaka WASA, their daily water demand is 265 million litres. Around 64 percent of this comes from groundwater. As the water level has gone down, Dhaka WASA has to draw water from about 1000 feet below.

If the Gandharbpur water treatment plant in Rupganj is commissioned, the dependence on groundwater will decrease by about 30 percent.