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HC receives 2 reports on Dhaka Wasa water quality

  • Published at 10:32 pm July 30th, 2019
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Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Md Khairul Alam's bench received the reports of tests conducted by Buet and ICDDR,B on Tuesday

Dhaka Wasa has submitted two test reports to the High Court saying no harmful material was found in samples from its Patla Khan Lane and Mirpur zones.

Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Md Khairul Alam's bench received the reports of tests conducted by Buet and ICDDR,B on Tuesday.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told the court that water of the two zones, which was previously found to be contaminated, has been purified. The reports were filed after testing samples of the treated water.

The court sought comments from experts. If it feels necessary, the court will order re-testing the water after getting the comments.

Barrister AM Masum represented Wasa while Tanveer Ahmed stood for the writ petitioner.

"No bacteria was found since the water was treated," said Masum. Tanveer noted that the samples were unsealed but the report said the water was safe for drinking.

The report of a four-member committee, formed at the court's order to test water, was submitted on July 7.

It found existence of harmful elements, including bacteria, in tested samples of 10 distribution zones.

Earlier on May 21, the High Court ordered testing Wasa water samples from 34 locations in the capital.

Mohammad Tanveer Amed, a counsel of the writ petitioner, moved the court after a World Bank report said over 7.5 crore people of Bangladesh drink unsafe water.

The report noted that 41 percent water sources contain harmful bacteria and 13 percent water contains arsenic. It said about 80 percent water supplied through pipelines contains harmful bacteria.

The following month, the court ordered the authorities concerned to form a committee to test Dhaka Wasa water.