Update March 20, 2016

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Rajshahi WASA to set up water purification plant

Sumel Sarker


Rajshahi WASA to set up water purification plant

20 March 2016, Nirapad News: Rajshahi Water and Sewerage Authority (RWASA) will set up a water purification plant to ensure supply of pure drinking water for city dwellers.

WASA sources said a mega project involving billions of taka will be adopted to supply fresh drinking water to the city people. Under a 40-year water supply management master plan, the plant will be constructed within next four years.

Parvez Mamud, Superintending Engineer of RWASA, said the Tk. 3,000 crore proposed plant will carry water through pipeline from the Padma River, purify it and then supply it to city houses.

The main plant of the project will be set up at Farhadpur, 26.5 kilometre west from the city centre under Godagari upazila. Haripur of Paba upazila and Yousufpur of Charghat upazila have also been chosen as alternative spots of setting up the plants.

From this proposed water purification plant, fresh, drinking water will be supplied to all 30 wards of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) and its surrounding areas as well as in 11 unions of Katakhali and Naohata Municipal areas. All old pipelines and hydrants of the city will also be repaired and renovated under the project.

During 90’s decade four water purification plants at a cost of Tk. 160 million were set up in the city which used to supply water from the River Padma after purifying it. But those plants turned inoperative within couples of years, mainly due to absence of water in the River Padma during the dry season and for settling silt and sand at the plant areas.

The proposed mega water purification plant will be set up in such a place of the where water was available round the clock and there was no change of river track.

After the setting up the plant, city dwellers of Rajshahi will get supply of iron and arsenic free water.

At present, the RWASA has been implementing another project by spending around Taka 34 crore in order to bring a qualitative change in the city’s water supply system.

Implementation works of the two and half-year project is progressing fast. On successful implementation of the project by this yearend, a sustainable water supply system would be built in the metropolis through improvement of both financial and manpower management.

Engineer Parvez Mamud said the government has taken the project to increase the supply of safe water to the city dwellers as around 33 percent of the population doesn’t have access to safe drinking water as yet.

Main thrust of the project, ever first of the RWASA after established in 2011, is to increase its coverage to 87 percent from 67 percent of the city people.

He said the RWASA is supplying water to the eight lakh city dwellers through a treatment plant and 70 pumps after extracting groundwater. But the population is gradually increasing.

Besides, he stated there are 38,713 street hydrants and 3,811 shallow tube wells to provide water to the people. “After implementation of the project, consumption of safe drinking water in the city would increase to 100-litre from the existing 65-litre,” the official said.

The project includes purchasing of 20 mobile generators, installation of 70-km (100 mm), 45-km (150 mm) new pipelines and 20 production tube-wells, rehabilitation work of 115-km pipeline and installation of 100 water flow metres.

Around 55,440-square-meter water is being supplied to 30,263 households and industrial establishments through 512-kilometer pipeline daily against the total demand of 1.19 lakh squire meter.

Around 67 percent of the city dwellers were brought under the water supply network by implementing various projects and steps have been taken to reach water to rest of the city dwellers numbering around 2.62 lakhs, in phases.

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