Some 80,000 people who have been facing crisis of drinkable water in Satkhira’s Ashashuni, will get pure drinking water at an affordable price.
Due to climate change, saline water has gradually intruded towards the inland of Satkhira, leaving a large number of people suffering from saltwater.
WaterAid on Wednesday launched a five-year project, funded by UK-based water supply management company Severn Trent, to meet the crisis, and to be implemented by local NGO Rupantar.
At the press conference of the project launch, WaterAid’s climate resilience programme manager Farhana Islam said saline water will be treated using reverse osmosis technology. She said they will choose women entrepreneurs who will sell the water. The project will also focus on improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the communities.
Imrul Kayes Muniruzzaman, director of fundraising and learning at WaterAid Bangladesh, said the fresh water will cost 30 paisa per litre. “Through this project, we aim to provide sustainable and resilient long-term solutions to communities residing in the country’s coastal areas, in order to fulfil their basic needs – water, sanitation and hygiene,” he said.