Need for ensuring safe water supply to Rajshahi city dwellers stressed

Need for ensuring safe water supply to Rajshahi city dwellers stressed

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Speakers at a discussion here today unequivocally called for ensuring safe water from source to all consumers for the sake of protecting the city dwellers especially the poor and extreme poor ones from various waterborne diseases.
They noted that the authorities concerned should work together in this regard as safe water is the fundamental rights of the people irrespective of caste and creed.The observations came at a sharing workshop styled “Rajshahi City Water Supply Plan: Baseline Survey and System Assessment” held at conference hall of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Rajshahi city.Rajshahi Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (RWASA) and Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) jointly organised the workshop in association with World Health Organisation and Sachetan.With Managing Director of RWASA Dhirendra Nath Sarker in the chair, Deputy Managing Director Dr Shah Alam, Pro-VC of Rajshahi University Prof Dr Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan, Dean of Civil Engineering Faculty of RUET Prof Dr Iqbal Matin and Executive Engineer of DPHE Khan Golam Rabbani spoke as special guests. Programme Director of Water Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) Anita Leden, National Consultant of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Alauddin Ahmed, Country Prgramme Manager of WSUP Abdus Saheen, Executive Director of Sachetan Hasinul Islam Chunnu and its Project Coordinator Sarker Helaluzzaman Liton also spoke.During his keynote presentation on WSP Improvement Plan, Parvez Mahmud, Superintending Engineer of RWASA, gave an overview of the city’s water supply management while WSP Specialist Anis Sarker, in his PowerPoint presentation on Establishing Water Supply Safety Plan for Rajshahi WASA, narrated the aspects of the project plan and its ongoing grassroots level activities.They told the audience that main objectives of the WSP are to ensure safe drinking water through good water supply practice for substantial and sustainable prevention of water sources contamination.Besides, the scheme intends to treat the water to reduce or remove contamination that could be present to the extent necessary to meet the water quality target. There is also provision of preventing re-contamination during storage, distribution and handling of drinking water.The discussants said the Rajshahi WASA should provide safe water to consumers through improved management, standard operations and proper maintenance of the system.So, emphasis should be given on creating awareness among customers on water quality and active participation in establishing WSP. Time has come to establish water quality monitoring and reporting framework for operational monitoring and WSP verification, they added.Prof Dr Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan commented that necessary measures should be taken to make the water supply system sustainable through improvement of water sources management to enhance the living condition of hardcore poor people. There is no way but to improve the health as well as reducing medical cost of the city dwellers, he added. -BSS, Rajshahi

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