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HC seeks information about contaminated and unsafe water

  • Published at 05:44 pm May 8th, 2019
Dhaka Wasa Water
File photo: Water safety advocates put bottles filled with water supplied by Dhaka Wasa on display during a public hearing on Tuesday Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Earlier in the day, Dhaka Wasa submitted a report to the High Court as per its earlier order

The High Court has sought information about the areas of Dhaka that are being supplied with contaminated and unsafe water by Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa).

The bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice MD Khairul Alam passed the order on Wednesday.

The court asked writ petitioner Advocate Tanvir Ahmed to give information on the matter by Monday.

Earlier in the day, Dhaka Wasa submitted a report to the High Court as per its earlier order.

In the report, Dhaka Wasa said it has formed a four-member committee, comprising experts from the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), Dhaka University (DU), and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), to examine the quality of the water supplied by it.

Dhaka Wasa said in the report that it will get water samples examined at DU, Buet and ICDDR,B laboratories after acquiring the necessary funds from the government.

Wasa also said in the report that it will take at least four months to get the water tested at the three labs.

Advocate Tanvir said the High Court will pass a further order on the issue next Monday.

Tanvir said that the High Court bench ordered Dhaka Wasa to test the quality of water. But it will take time as Dhaka city has two city corporations and Narayanganj is divided into 11 zones that fall under the purview of DWasa. 

“The court ordered me to submit a report with a list of areas where contaminated and unsafe water is being supplied by [Dhaka] Wasa as shown in media reports and others sources,” Tanvir said. 

The High Court, on November 7 last year, formed a five-member committee to examine the quality of water supplied by Dhaka Wasa.

The court also issued a ruling asking the relevant government authorities to explain why their failure and inaction to supply safe water should not be declared illegal.

The High Court bench delivered the rulings following a writ petition filed on October 14, 2018, based on a report published in a daily newspaper.