City faces acute water crisisShahin Akhter
DWASA MD terms it ‘minor problem’
The city dwellers in different areas are suffering from acute water crisis and its low quality while the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority managing director Taqsem A Khan says these are ‘minor problems’.
‘In general, there is no major water-related problem in Dhaka city but several minor problems,’ he said on Thursday.
Citizens of areas like Mohammadpur Shekhertek, Dhanmondi, Rampura, Badda, Tejkunipara, Shewrapara, Kazipara, Dhanmondi, and Adabar are complaining about unabated water crisis.
‘For about ten days we have no water in our area,’ said Sathi, a Mohammadpur Shekhertek resident.
She also said that from time to time the residents lodged complaint about water crisis at DWASA but did not get any redress.
‘We get water only at night and it is really a very alarming situation… what will we do in the coming summer
season,’ asked Zainab Ara, a resident of Dhanmondi.
Middle Badda resident Naib Hossian Razu said since January they were facing acute water crisis while whatever water they got had a very weak flow.
Some local people of Adabar area on Wednesday surrounded local DWASA office demanding water.
Residents of Tejkunipara held a demonstration on March 26 in protest against the acute water shortage they were facing for more than a year.
On the other hand, people of Bashabo, Kadatola, Mayakanan, Ahmedbagh, Shabujbagh, Mugdapara, Tikatuli, Shekhertek and Panthapath complained about low quality water.
On Wednesday, people from Bashabo, Kadatola, Mayakanan, Ahmedbagh, Shabujbagh and Mugdapara areas were collecting water from Dharmarajika Buddhist Monastery’s water pump.
Sumi, a Kadatala resident, came to the monastery regularly all the way from her home on alternate day to collect drinking water.
‘The water we get at our home is impossible to drink,’ she said, adding that she had to spend money to collect pure drinking water.
Panthapath resident Dolly Baroi said that from February they got dirty water in the supply line. They had cleaned their water tank twice in March, but they still got small insects in DWASA water.
Taqsem A Khan said that at present the authority was producing 205 crore litres of water on average a day against the demand of about 220 crore litres.
‘This difference is very little,’ he said, adding that due to low level of ground water and continuous load shedding hampered the supply. About two to three per cent of DWASA water pumps were under maintenance each day.
This affects about 1,80,000 citizens, Taqsem said, adding that they were supplying water to the affected areas.
About low quality water, he said that there was no problem with the water supplied from Saidabad Water Treatment Plant, but the problem could have been due to damaged pipelines.
‘We are trying to reduce these problems which is a continuous process,’ the DWASA managing director said.
On March 30, DWASA temporarily suspended three pump operators at its Zone 9 as they were absent from their duty.
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