Dhaka Wasa has announced the discovery of a natural underground water reservoir in Savar’s Bhakurta, from where 150 million litres of water can be extracted daily.
“Water is accumulating there from an underground Himalayan channel. Drawing this much water will not be a problem since it will be automatically refilled by water from Himalayas,” Wasa Managing Director Taqsem A Khan said.
He told the media on Tuesday that Wasa produced 1.88 billion litres of water against a daily demand of 2.12 billion litres in 2009. The system loss at that time was 44% and Wasa realised only 60% of the water bill.
“In only eight years, we are now producing 2.45 billion litres of water against a daily demand of 2.35 billion litres,” he said. “The system loss has gone down to 22% and we are realising 99% water bills.”
Taqsem highlighted various steps taken during the last eight years and laid out plans for the future at the media briefing.
When he took over, 87% water was produced from underground sources but it has been brought down to 78%, he said, hoping to reduce it to 30% within 2030.
“Water from Padma will come directly within next year. The Gandharbapur project will end within 2020 and Sayedabad third phase works will be completed within 2021,” he said.
Taqsem noted that it would be possible to draw some 150 million litres of water using deep tubewells from the newly-discovered Savar underground reserve.
He said the water produced by Wasa was “100% pure” but consumers faced some problems as there were faults in the pipelines.
“We are changing the pipes in Dhaka,” the Wasa boss said.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune