Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (CWasa) has won the Global Trade Leaders’ Award 2018 after beating similar organizations in 94 cities worldwide.
The Global Trade Leaders’ Club, an international association of leading businesses with around 7,500 members, said CWasa had “set the standard in water management and distribution” in the port city.
The award will be handed over at a ceremony in Madrid, Spain on May 14.
“Being awarded motivates us to do better,” CWasa Managing Director Engineer AKM Fazlullah said. “We did not carry out our duties in utmost sincerity in hopes of a reward; we did it to fulfill our duties and obligations.
“We always make a serious effort to carry out the duties bestowed upon us by the government.”
Chittagong’s path to nomination for the award began on February 15, when a letter signed by Ricardo Roso Lopez, Secretary General and CEO of Global Trade Leaders’ Club, informed CWasa authorities about the awards process.
The international organization held an online survey for awarding a company for its services. Chittagong Wasa came out on top after the survey, by showing capabilities for meeting the demand for pure water and supplying it across Chittagong city.
“I personally feel that the government and the prime minister’s support played a key role in our success,” Fazlullah said. “Sheikh Hasina made a commitment to supply pure water to the people of Chittagong, and we worked hard to fulfill that commitment.
“The ministry also lent us its support. This is a great achievement for the people of the port city and for us.”
Fazlullah said CWasa are implementing three more projects, which are scheduled to be completed by 2020.
“We will be able supply another 14,000 litres of water from these projects,” he said. “We will then be able to supply water to Chittagong 24/7.”
Chittagong Wasa Superintendent Engineer Maksud Alam said the agency had been recognized for its good work.
“Chittagong Wasa supplies water by converting 70% surface water, as pumping out underground water is detrimental to the environment,” he said.
“We have plans to provide water supply to the port city by converting 100% surface water by 2020.”