Local people got employment opportunity
Bangladesh is a low-lying country. Here water is everywhere but pure drinking water is scarce in the Sundarbans coastal region of Bangladesh. During the monsoon rain water is used for drinking and people store water for the dry season. But this is not sufficient for them. In the monsoon water level raise high and water sources go down under saline water. As a result people suffer a lot for drinking water and by using this water, they suffer from various kinds of water contaminated diseases.
Initiative:Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) has been working since 2015 to alleviate the drinking water crisis in the coastal areas. In the meantime, the pond has been re-excavated and by using local technology pond sand and filter (PSF) system has been installed to collect rain water. Reverse Osmosis Water Purification System has been set up to enhance the quality of water. A community-based sustainable water business model has been introduced for its sustainable and long-term management. During this covid-19 pandemic situation people have to stay home and in this circumstances BEDS is supplying safe water to remote areas by vehicles. BEDS has installed 16 water wells in the coastal area and planning to install another 20 water wells to remove drinking water crisis for the coastal people.
Impact: Most of the people of the locality used pond water for drinking and cooking purpose. Women spend most of their time by collecting water far from their residence. By using this water, they often suffered from various kinds of water contaminated diseases like diarrhoea, cholera, Jaundice, dysentery etc. Pure drinking water was a cherished desire to them. After installing the Reverse Osmosis System, more than 10000 coastal villagers are getting safe drinking water at a cheap rate which is only 0.5 TK per liter. This little charge is taken for the maintenance cost of water production so that this activity will sustain in the long run process.
Feedbacks from the beneficiaries:A man who is engaged with water distribution service expressed his feelings – “Before I didn’t have any work and I couldn’t maintain my family. I have adequate knowledge of operating machines so BEDS has engaged me for water production. Here I got trained for several times and learned how to operate the system smoothly. Now I earn my livelihood by the water service business.”
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