Over 2 lakh residents of salinity-hit Khulna’s Dacop upazila have been grappling with a severe shortage of safe drinking water since the onset of the dry season. Long queues have become a common sight at shops selling purified open water, while some people are resorting to collecting water from distant sources. The dire situation has forced some residents to consume water from ditches and drains, leading to an outbreak of various waterborne diseases, including diarrhoea. Dakop, which borders the Sundarbans, consists of three separate islands. Due to the high salinity levels in the surrounding rivers, the region experiences an extreme scarcity of fresh water during the dry season, said locals. Also Read: Many embankments turn vulnerable in Khulna’s Koyra; Fear grips residents This year, as in previous years, the municipality and nine unions are grappling with an acute shortage of safe drinking water. Visiting different areas in the upazila, the UNB correspondent found the scarcity of clean water has even affected the functioning of tea shops, restaurants, and sweet shops, frustrating shopkeepers who are unable to provide clean water to their customers. The agricultural sector has also been severely affected , particularly in the current ‘Robi’ season when Boro paddy and watermelon farmers experiencing substantial losses due to the inability to irrigate their fields. Most of the shallow tube wells have been lying inoperative and many tubewells contain salt, arsenic, and excessive iron content, exacerbating the water quality issues, said locals. Also Read: Walking the extra mile for water in coastal Khulna Furthermore, the region experiences insufficient rainfall, further limiting water availability. Consequently, filtering water from ponds has become the only viable option for the locals. However, the scarcity of water in the inadequate ponds renders most filters or pond sand filters (PSFs) ineffective. Wealthy individuals in the Batiaghata area of Khulna are able to purchase water from different locations, while middle-class and low-income residents are left with no choice but to consume water directly from the pond. Consequently, the scarcity of clean drinking water has compelled this large population to rely on unhealthy food and water, resulting in a surge of waterborne diseases, including diarrhoea. Read more: Short Films on Water: Dhaka DocLab, British Council to screen four climate documentaries Nimai Mandal, a UP member from Ward No. 9 in the Kalabagi area, along with many others, explained that they have to endure great difficulties in collecting fresh water from the neighboring Kailashganj area, a journey of approximately 4 to 5 kilometers by boat. Meanwhile, those who have the means and resources, purchase water from outside the region. Nimai Mandal highlighted that some vulnerable individuals in the area resort to directly consuming impure water from the pond. Samaresh Mandal, a hotelier in Chalan Bazar, expressed his predicament, saying, “Due to the water shortage, I am unable to provide water to customers. As the water from the pond is unhealthy for consumption, we are forced to use it for washing plates." Read more: Coca-Cola Foundation, WaterAid working to enhance water security in Bangladesh Similar concerns were echoed by Milan Mallick, a tea shop owner. In response to the crisis, Mehdi Hasan Bulbul, Panel Mayor of the Chalan Municipality, said that a water purification plant has been completed in the municipality under a water project aimed at resolving the drinking water crisis. Additionally, house-to-house pipeline works are underway in various areas of the municipality. Bulbul thinks that once these projects are completed, the shortage of fresh water in the municipality area will be significantly alleviated. Abdullah Al Mahmud, Sub-Assistant Public Health Engineer of Dakop Upazila, said there are ongoing projects. Read more: Water crisis hits Boro cultivation in Feni ‘s Sonagazi However, he also said that these efforts are inadequate against the region's requirements. To meet the growing demand for water, the engineer suggested individually and institutionally digging ponds and ‘dighis’ during the critical period. Expanding the number of rainwater harvesting tanks and ponds in the region is deemed essential to mitigate the water crisis, he added. Munsur Ali Khan, Chairman of Dakop Upazila Parishad, said the Upazila Parishad has initiated a project to distribute water tanks among underprivileged families. Measures are being taken to excavate ponds and canals as alternative water sources, he said. Read more: Dhaka calls for enhanced int'l financing for sustainable water management
In Bangladesh, we may expect that whatever comes out of the tap will be drinkable. The data, however, suggests a very grim reality. Bangladesh scored 26.90 out of 100 in the 2022 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), meaning the local tap water is one of the most dangerous in the world. Bangladesh ranked fifth in terms of access to safe drinking water in South Asia and 128th overall. In South Asia, Bangladesh is only ahead of Nepal (25.90), India (18.30), and Pakistan (15.30). Read More: On India’s shore, rising salinity means daily water struggle Meanwhile, Sri Lanka ranked first in the region with a score of 46.70, followed by the Maldives (41.2), Bhutan (31.5), and Afghanistan (27.80). The Yale University’s EPI index looks at the quality of drinking water in 180 countries around the world based on the number of age-standardized disability-adjusted life-years lost per 100,000 persons (DALY rate) due to exposure to unsafe drinking water. All of the countries on the list are ranked by a score from 0 to 100, with a score of 100 indicating very safe drinking water and a score of 0 indicating the most unsafe. QS Supplies, one of the UK's largest independent bathroom wholesalers and retailers, has used EPI and CDC data to create a new set of data visualizations to illustrate the severity of the situation and to flag the countries where it is and is not safe to consume the tap water. The data from the CDC suggests that the water coming out of the tap in Bangladesh is “not safe to drink.” Read More: Dhaka for enhanced international cooperation for advancing Water Action Agenda According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than a quarter of the world's population lives in water-stressed countries, and a similar number uses a drinking water source contaminated with feces. These conditions cause diarrheal diseases including cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio to spread through drinking water each year. Common chemical contaminants include lead, mercury, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and microplastics. While the large cluster of 100-rated nations in the centre of the data visualization consists entirely of European nations, the 24 countries with the lowest rating are all in Africa. Among the 180 countries, there are only 50 that the CDC lists as having drinkable tap water. The US disease control agency discourages drinking tap water in much of Asia and Latin America and in every country in Africa. Read More: Momen for sustainable water management for promoting global peace, stability According to the CDC's safety advisory on tap water, no country in South Asia has access to drinkable tap water.
Dhaka seeks robust action to ensure safe drinking water, sanitation for all in healthcare facilities
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has sought more robust action to ensure safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for all in healthcare facilities. Globally, 78 percent healthcare facilities had a basic water service and 51 percent had basic hygiene ensured in 2021. Around 10 percent of these facilities used by 780 million people had no sanitation. "Against this backdrop, we need more robust action than ever," Momen said while speaking at the high-level event, entitled “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Healthcare Facilities: Lesson Learned and the Way Forward”, jointly organized by Hungary and the Philippines at the United Nations Headquarters on Friday. Read more: 26% of the world have no access to clean drinking water: UN He highlighted the major achievements of Bangladesh under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in ensuring safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene for all in the country. Referring to the National Strategy for Water supply and Sanitation 2021, he said that in Bangladesh around 98 percent of the people have access to drinking water, more than 80 percent to improved sanitation facilities, and nearly 75 percent to hand-washing facilities. Bangladesh pioneered the community led approach for promoting sanitation, which is now recognized and replicated in many developing countries, Momen said. In light of Bangladesh’s successful experiences, Momen offered specific recommendations to check the lack of progress in water, sanitation, and hygiene service worldwide. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga, Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Republic of the Philippines and Irakli Karseladze, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia also spoke at the event. A significant number of diplomats, high officials of the UN and its various organizations, international NGOs working in the water sector and private stakeholders were present at the event. Foreign Minister Momen also attended a high-level side event entitled “Revitalizing Social Protection Policies for Creating More Accessibility to Drinking Water” jointly organized by Bangladesh Social Scientists Foundation together with BRAC, AOSED, BWOT, Jago Nari, GRAUS and SDA at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN in New York. Momen also held a bilateral meeting with Nik Nazmi bin Nik Ahmad, Minister for Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change of Malaysia and discussed issues of mutual interest.
A new report launched Tuesday on the eve of the first major U.N. conference on water in over 45 years says 26% of the world’s population doesn’t have access to safe drinking water and 46% lack access to basic sanitation. The U.N. World Water Development Report 2023 painted a stark picture of the huge gap that needs to be filled to meet U.N. goals to ensure all people have access to clean water and sanitation by 2030. Richard Connor, editor-in-chief of the report, told a news conference that the estimated cost of meeting the goals is somewhere between $600 billion and $1 trillion a year. But equally important, Connor said, is forging partnerships with investors, financiers, governments and climate change communities to ensure that money is invested in ways to sustain the environment and provide potable water to the 2 billion people who don’t have it and sanitation to the 3.6 million in need. Also Read: UN Experts: Water is a common good not a commodity According to the report, water use has been increasing globally by roughly 1% per year over the last 40 years “and is expected to grow at a similar rate through to 2050, driven by a combination of population growth, socio-economic development and changing consumption patterns.” Connor said that actual increase in demand is happening in developing countries and emerging economies where it is driven by industrial growth and especially the rapid increase in the population of cities. It is in these urban areas “that you’re having a real big increase in demand,” he said. With agriculture using 70% of all water globally, Connor said, irrigation for crops has to be more efficient — as it is in some countries that now use drip irrigation, which saves water. “That allows water to be available to cities,” he said. Also Read: Millions lack safe water months after Pakistan floods As a result of climate change, the report said, “seasonal water scarcity will increase in regions where it is currently abundant — such as Central Africa, East Asia and parts of South America — and worsen in regions where water is already in short supply, such as the Middle East and the Sahara in Africa.” On average, “10% of the global population lives in countries with high or critical water stress” — and up to 3.5 billion people live under conditions of water stress at least one month a year, said the report issued by UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Since 2000, floods in the tropics have quadrupled while floods in the north mid-latitudes have increased 2.5-fold, the report said. Trends in droughts are more difficult to establish, it said, “although an increase in intensity or frequency of droughts and 'heat extremes’ can be expected in most regions as a direct result of climate change.” As for water pollution, Connor said, the biggest source of pollution is untreated wastewater. “Globally, 80 percent of wastewater is released to the environment without any treatment,” he said, “and in many developing countries it’s pretty much 99%.” These and other issues including protecting aquatic ecosystems, improving management of water resources, increasing water reuse and promoting cooperation across borders on water use will be discussed during the three-day U.N. Water Conference co-chaired by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon opening Wednesday morning. There are 171 countries, including over 100 ministers, on the speakers list along with more than 20 organizations. The meeting will also include five “interactive dialogues” and dozens of side events.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous line 'water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink' becomes ironically true during the flood situations. Every year flood occurs in different regions of Bangladesh during the monsoon seasons. Besides this, shortages of pure drinking water can occur during earthquakes or other emergency conditions. One of the crucial aspects of being ready for an emergency is ensuring that you have a way to get clean water. Let’s discuss some water purification methods during floods, emergencies, or disaster situations. Water Purification Methods during Flood, Disaster, Emergency Situations If a natural calamity happens all of a sudden, and you no longer have access to uncontaminated water, then what will you drink? How would you make sure that you and your family can get enough pure water to survive? Here are a few ways: Boiling When it comes to preparing water for consumption, this is almost certainly the approach that is the most widely used and reliable. The majority of germs may be eliminated by the use of boiling, which is also a simple method. The water should be boiled for at least one minute before being allowed to cool in a covered or sheltered setting. Drinking water that is excessively hot might cause you to lose even more moisture from your body. Read Fight the Flood: Safety measures to take before, during, after floods in Bangladesh Filtration It may come as a surprise, but one of the simplest methods to purify water is to take advantage of the sand and silt that make up the surface of the Earth all around us. It is a well-established fact that water that is extracted from the ground using a pump is often devoid of pollutants. This is due to the fact that the water has been naturally filtered via the pores of sands and silts. You will need the following things in order to construct a fundamental bio-sand filter: 1) a lengthy container, 2) a hose or drain tube, and 3) a number of different types of clean sands, silts, and gravels. To begin, make a hole in the side of the container so that the hose may be attached to the bottom of the container. The next step is to begin by filling the container with a few inches' worths of gravel, followed by a few more inches' worths of sand. Next, using very fine sand and silt mixture, fill two-thirds of the remaining space in the container. Last but not least, the remaining space in the container should be stuffed with normal sand and gravel. In addition, a layer of charcoal may be found on the interior of some bio-sand filters. In the event that you have any available, it would be best to incorporate them into the design of your filter. Read Sylhet: Flood-hit city dwellers suffer crisis of gas, power, and safe drinking water Pour the contaminated water into the container that comes with your new bio-sand filter, and then let the water gently filter through the container and into the hose so that you may start using it. Solar Distillation You can also erect a solar still in order to harness the power of the sun and produce water that is free of any harmful bacteria or pathogens. To get a useful quantity of water using this approach needs a significant investment of both time and daylight. The water that is produced using this approach will not include any minerals and will not have any taste. This is another disadvantage of using this method. In order to assist with this matter, the water that has been cleansed might be salted and aerated. SODIS The SODIS technique is one of the most straightforward approaches to purifying water that you can take. As a matter of fact, it is so simple that a large number of organizations are trying to educate those who are at risk of contracting water-borne diseases on how to use this approach. The sun, a clear PET plastic container, and around six hours of your time are all you really need to purify your water using this approach. Read Climate change threatens access to water, sanitation Chemical Treatments Although the phrase "chemical" water treatment might be a little misleading, the aforementioned procedures are among the most typical ways that polluted water is cleaned up. For instance, you may purchase water treatment pills or drops to put into unclean water in order to eliminate germs, parasites, and viruses. These items can be found in most pharmacies. The fact that there are only so many pills available is the most significant drawback associated with water treatment tablets. One tablet is often only capable of treating one litre of water, in contrast to certain water filters that may be used for hundreds of gallons of water. Read Fixing Wet Phones: What to do if your phone falls into the water? Charcoal Filtering Charcoal is an excellent cleansing ingredient due to its exceptional capacity to absorb sediments as well as pollutants, and it also has the added benefit of boosting flavor. Charcoal may also be easily acquired since it is produced naturally anytime wood is burned. The method of filtering water with charcoal is one that may easily be accomplished by anybody. You need just need charcoal, something heavy to smash it with, and a container to retain your water and filter it into. That is all you will need. Using Chlorine Raw water may be made more suitable for human consumption by adding about 8 drops of unscented chlorine bleach to each gallon of untreated water. In order to properly prepare the water, you will need to use a varied quantity of bleach if the chlorine content of the bleach varies from product to product. Use about 40 drops per gallon of water for a bleach solution that is 1 percent concentrated. Read Chattogram wakes up to waterlogged roads Use about four drops per gallon of bleach that has an 8 percent concentration. After the bleach has been added, give the mixture a good stir, and then set the container aside for at least half an hour. Bleach will destroy some of the germs that cause illnesses, but it will not eliminate all of them. It is possible that you will need to aerate the water in order to get rid of the strong chlorine smell that will remain once the process is complete. Conclusion During or after the flood situations, it is possible that floodwater and the debris that was left behind are tainted with sewage. It is important to minimize contact with floodwater in order to reduce the risk of sickness. At least until three days have passed after the last significant rainfall, you should refrain from swimming in rivers, lagoons, and estuaries. There are many water filtration systems, and numerous water disinfection products are available on the market. Not all of them would be suitable for you. So far we have discussed some simple methods to disinfect water in inexpensive ways. In the event of an emergency, these measures to purify water will help you. Considering your current circumstances and dangers adopt the most suited water purifying process. Read Solution to pollution: Sprinkling water on Dhaka's roads & construction sites?
The government will launch a long-term project on the supply of drinking water across the country through the use of internal sources of water, said LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam on Thursday. “A study is underway to implement a master plan for setting up a water grid line to supply drinking water across the country, including the coastal areas,” he told a program on ‘Expansion of Citywide Inclusive Sanitation and Innovation of Sanitation’ organized by ITN-BUET at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in the capital. Read: DAP to be finalised by January: LGRD minister He said the government is setting several Economic Zones to attract both local and foreign investment and industrialisation. He also said that water will be pumped from the Meghna River to the Mirsarai Economic Zone. Regarding a new water treatment plant to be set up by Chattogram WASA, Tajul said many other WASAs, including Dhaka WASA, have set up water treatment plants under the LGRD to solve the country's drinking water problems. In addition, the Public Health Engineering Department has been working on water and sanitation for marginalized people. Meanwhile, regarding safe sanitation, he said that urbanisation has increased the problem of city sanitation not only in Bangladesh but elsewhere in the world. This has to be solved through an integrated programme. Read: LGRD minister calls for public awareness to prevent dengue About power generation from waste, the minister said that all kinds of waste including household and medical waste should be dumped in certain places. “Everyone must be aware to protect the environment.” He said that many houses in the residential areas of Dhaka city do not have their own septic tank. Their wastes are generally dumped directly into lakes or canals. “A campaign is being run to make everyone aware about this,” he added. BUET Vice Chancellor Prof Satya Prasad Majumder, Senior Secretary of LGRD Helal Uddin Ahmed, BUET Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Abdul Jabbar Khan and Deputy Director of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Dr Roshan Raj Shrestha were present at the event.
RFL Tubewell, the first product of business conglomerate Pran-RFL Group, has completed 40 years of operation. "RFL Tubewell started its journey in 1980 when people were suffering from various water-borne diseases due to lack of pure drinking water. We are proud to be able to provide safe drinking water to nearly 30 million families," RFL Group Managing Director RN Paul said at a function in the capital Tuesday. Read: RFL launches awareness campaign on water wastage He added, "On the occasion of RFL Tubewell's 40th anniversary, pure water will be provided to 40 villages through tube wells in remote and char areas of Bangladesh." Abdul Kuddus Miah, business In-charge of RFL Tubewell, said: "RFL Tubewell has become one of the leading brands in the country due to its wide presence, affordable prices and excellent quality." "It has been the source of drinking water for people all over the country for 40 years."
Drinking government-supplied water directly from the tap is unimaginable in Bangladesh. Hence, we need to rely on alternative sources or purify the water before drinking, especially in the city areas. And because of drinking the contaminated water, we get attacked by many waterborne diseases. Therefore, there is no alternative other than drinking safe water to avoid waterborne diseases. Besides, we know ‘another name for water is life.’ So, we need to drink safe water at any cost, and water filters are an effective way to purify your drinking water. If you are tired of searching for the most effective water filter in Bangladesh, you may go through this article to choose the right one. Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying a Water Filter A good quality water filter is highly essential to filter your water properly, maintaining the water’s quality. However, many people have no minimal idea about a good water filter. Thus, they end up buying poor quality. With that in mind, we have listed a few important things you should keep in mind before buying a water filter. Filter type In today’s competitive market, you will find so many models that promise to purify the water properly. However, the purification level totally depends on the filter types. The standard and relatively cheap models are mainly carbon filters where lead, chlorine, and mercury are stratified. But if you want a better quality filter, you may install a filtering system with your home water supply, which works automatically. Also read: Microwave Oven price in Bangladesh with Buying Tips Carbon filter is not the only solution If you want to drink the best quality of water, selecting the carbon filter is not the ultimate solution. This kind of filter will not be able to remove all kinds of germs or dust. Carbon filters cannot remove arsenic, hexavalent chromium, etc. Therefore, you will need to select the reverse osmosis filter. Reverse osmosis filter This kind of filter is usually considered the best filter for highly contaminated water. Although, no filter can guarantee 100% purification. But reverse osmosis can guarantee the maximum level of purification, sometimes claimed to be 100%. This type of filter is relatively higher in price. Alkyne filter Not only does this filter work to purify the water, but it also raises the pH level. So, you are getting better water than other filters. Ultraviolet light filters UF light filters usually kill numerous bacteria as well as germs in the water that are not visible in naked eyes. Besides, this filter allows you to drink sterile water, but it won’t mix the chemicals available in the filter. Read Deep Fryer price in Bangladesh with Buying Tipsrecommended. Shower filter If you are overly conscious about health and want to bathe with filtered water, you will need a shower filter. A shower filter can eventually refine the chlorine from the water and get you healthy hair and skin. Best Water Filter in Bangladesh With our intensive research, we have found 8 filters that can get you safe water that can keep you away from any serious waterborne diseases. Nova Water Purifier Filter - 22 liter This is the cheapest one on our list. It is just an old-fashioned regular filter that aims to remove dirt and contamination. It is easy to use, durable, and comes with easy cleaning features. Nova water purifier is a carbon filter that can hold 22 liters of water in it. The price may vary from store to store, but the regular price is around Tk. 1000- Tk. 1500. Pureit Classic 23L Within the mid-range price, Pureit Classic 23L from Unilever is the best in the market. With Tk. 3,499, you can get multistage purification, virus removal, and activated carbon trap. The capacity of the total purifier chamber is 23 liters, while the filtered water storage capacity is 9 liters. It featured an effortless filter option and saved your gas too. Water Purifier (Kent Gold Smart Uf) This wall-mounted or countertop filter from Kent can do the Non-electric and Chemical-free Purification, which also features the UF filtration. It can purify one liter of water per minute and can hold up to 7 liters. Kent Gold smart filter costs around Tk. 7,000 to Tk. 8,000. Its robust body with smart design can give you a decisive experience. Walton WWP-RO12L It offers Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology that can remove dust, bacteria, odor, dissolved solid, smell, and suspending particles from water. Besides, it comes with a pH and chlorine control feature. Walton WWP-RO purifies the water in five stages and can hold 12 liters of water. With all these features it costs only Tk. 9,000. MRO-1644-5 Reverse Osmosis Water Purifier This water filter from Midea can purify the water smartly by removing bacteria and viruses. It can be directly connected to the tap line, and the electricity will do the rest automatically. MRO-1644-5 Reverse Osmosis can filter 15 liters of water per hour and holds up to 6 liters. You can buy it from Tk. 14,000 up to Tk. 15,000. Aqua Pura RO 5-Stage Water Purifier With the RO technology, Aqua Pura claims 100% purification. Besides, the water retains essential minerals through TDS control. CG Water purifier removes all dissolved chemicals, heavy metals, and arsenic present in water operates automatically. 5 layers purification ensures that the water does not contain odors, algae, dirt, dyes, chemicals, sand, arsenic, chlorine, or even bacteria or viruses. Aqua Pura costs Tk. 18,500. Pureit Marvella RO+UV+MF Water Purifier 20L Pureit Marvella RO+UV+MF is the fastest water purifier from Unilever, which can filter 20 liters of water per hour. It works through a 7 stage filtration system and ensures safe water that is safer than the boiled water. Besides, it removes any kind of dissolved solids and makes the water tastier. You can buy Marvella RO+UV+MF for Tk. 21,500. KENT Prime Plus 9-Litres Wall Mountable RO+UV+UF+TDS Controller Kent prime plus features an in-tank UV disinfection technology as well as KENT’s patented ROTM technology that makes the water safe for consumption. Moreover, the multistage purification process that includes RO+UV+UF+TDS+UV in-tank makes the water more purified. It can preserve 9 liters of water and can filter at a 20L/hour rate. The regular price for KENT Prime Plus is Tk. 26,000. Bottom Line Hopefully, this list, alongside the guideline, will get your water filter solution and help you to decide according to your needs.
Southern cities slammed by winter storms that left millions without power for days have traded one crisis for another: Busted water pipes ruptured by record-low temperatures created shortages of clean drinking water, shut down the Memphis airport on Friday and left hospitals struggling to maintain sanitary conditions.
The Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) has taken a project to install water treatment plant (Jashaldia) to supply drinking water from Padma River for four million residents of Dhaka.