WASA to collect 70 percent water from surface by 2020
2 March 2015, Nirapad News: The Dhaka WASA to take three mega projects for collecting 70 percent water from the surface source by 2020, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam said on Sunday.
“Dhaka WASA is advancing towards producing water from surface source instead of underground aquifer for building an environment and consumer-friendly sustainable water supply management,” he said replying to a question from treasury bench member Didarul Alam.
The LGRD minister said the three projects to collect 70 percent water from the surface source are the “Padma (Jashaldia) Water Treatment Project” for supplying 45 crore liters water per day, the “Gandharbpur Water Treatment Project” for distributing 50 crore liters water from the Meghna river and the “Sayedabad Water Treatment Project (Phase-3)” for supplying 45 crore liters additional water from the Megha river.
“If these projects are completed successfully, the dependence on surface water in the capital will be increased to 70 percent,” he added.
Responding to another question from the same lawmaker, the LGRD minister said the present government has fulfilled the total demand of water in the capital as Dhaka WASA is now producing surplus water.
“Dhaka WASA has earned capacity of producing a total of 242 crore liters water in the capital, which is surplus of the total demand,” he said. The LGRD minister said the demand for water in Dhaka city varies in different seasons. “This demand raises to 220 crore liters to 230 crore liters in summer, while demand for water in winter season is about 225 crore liters,” he said.
Responding to another query raised by the same lawmaker, Ashraful said after assuming office in 2009, the previous Awami League government has taken massive initiatives to solve water scarcity in the capital.
“Dhaka WASA’s daily water producing capacity rose to 242 crore liters thanks to inauguration of the Sayedabad Water Treatment Project (Phase-2) by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in December, 2012,” he said.
With the production of 242 crore liters water, he said, the water shortage in the capital was removed. “Dhaka WASA has earned the capacity of producing surplus water in its history against the demand of 225-230 crore liters,” he said.