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Drinking water crisis hits Barishal residents

Drinking water crisis hits Barishal residents

Groundwater level drops by 15ft

Our Correspondent Barishal, May 26: Barishal City-dwellers are facing an acute crisis of drinking water, and the problem has become more severe as underground water level has dropped in the summer. "Ground water level in Barishal has dropped by 15 feet," said Mynul Islam, executive engineer of public health engineering department's Barishal office. "For the last three to four years, water levels reduce to 40 feet in the summer," he added, "Excessive extraction of groundwater may be one of the main causes of this drop." Thirty wards of the city, specially slum areas, are now facing the crisis of drinking water. Hand pumps are no longer supplying water, and most people are collecting water from pump house or from other residents who have access to deep tubewells. Bithi, who lives in the stadium-adjacent slum area, said she collects drinking water from half a kilometre away. "The water crisis is continuing. We are trying to solve the problem. We have already arranged vans for transporting drinking water," said Khairul Islam, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Barishal City Corporation (BCC). "Department of Public Health Engineering has not yet handed over two surface water treatment plants in Beltola and Rupatali to BCC, as there are still some technical faults they are working out. Once there is regular supply from these plants, we will get 3.2 crore litres of water," said Humayun Kabir, executive engineer of BCC. There is a demand for 5.6 crore litres of water in the area but BCC can supply only 2.9 crore litres, he added.

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