Dhaka households burn Tk 3.32b of gas to boil water

:: Peoples Time Online ::

About 91 per cent of households in Dhaka burn gas worth Tk 3.32 billion in order to boil the water supplied by the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, or WASA, says a new study.

The study released by anti-graft watchdog Transparency International Bangladesh, or TIB, on Wednesday found numerous irregularities at WASA.

According to the study, 51.5 per cent of consumers in Dhaka said that the water supplied by the state-run utility company is contaminated.

Furthermore, 41.4 per cent said the water was stinking while 34.5 per cent said the water was both contaminated and stinking throughout the year.

The study was carried out using samples collected between April last year and March of this year from residential, commercial, industrial and slum areas under 10 WASA zones.

“Supplied water is drinkable in many countries of the world. The water can even be directly consumed in many Asian countries. But we cannot think of doing it in Bangladesh,” said TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman.

The study released by anti-graft watchdog Transparency International Bangladesh, or TIB, on Wednesday found numerous irregularities at WASA.

According to the study, 51.5 per cent of consumers in Dhaka said that the water supplied by the state-run utility company is contaminated.

Furthermore, 41.4 per cent said the water was stinking while 34.5 per cent said the water was both contaminated and stinking throughout the year.

The study was carried out using samples collected between April last year and March of this year from residential, commercial, industrial and slum areas under 10 WASA zones.

“Supplied water is drinkable in many countries of the world. The water can even be directly consumed in many Asian countries. But we cannot think of doing it in Bangladesh,” said TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman.

Peoples Time/HG

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