Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday stressed the need for rainwater harvesting and river water conservation instead of its collection from the underground.
“We’ll have to harvest rainwater and conserve river water in the rainy season anyhow so that we can use the water properly,” she said while opening the newly constructed Sheikh Hasina Water Treatment Plant-II of Chattogram Wasa.
The prime minister joined the function virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban here. The programme was held at a hotel in Chattogram.
The new plant will raise overall water supply capacity of Chittagong Wasa to 50 crore liters a day, an increase by 14.30 crore liters.
The plant has been constructed at Rangunia in Chittagong under Chattogram WASA Karnaphuli Water Supply Project (Phase-II).
Hasina said water reservoirs should be kept in every place in case of construction of any structure, no matter if it is housing or industrial one, in order to harvest rainwater and conserve river water during the rainy season.
“We’ll have to bring down our dependency on underground water,” she said, adding that her government constructed the water treatment plant based on surface water.
“Since the water treatment plants are now collecting water from the surface sources, our dependency on underground water is declining,” she said.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam and Mayor of Chattogram City Corporation Md Rezaul Karim Chowdhury also spoke at the function, while Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud was present at Chattogram end.
Senior Secretary of Local Government Division Helal Uddin Ahmed conducted the virtual event and Managing Director of Chattogram Wasa Engineer AKM Fazlullah delivered the welcome speech.