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Averting a water crisis

  • Published at 05:55 pm October 31st, 2018
Photo: BIGSTOCK
Photo: BIGSTOCK

Safe drinking water should be treated as a basic human right

It is hard to think of a commodity more precious than clean, drinkable water.

Dhaka’s overreliance on groundwater, which is provided by Dhaka Wasa, then, is a matter of great concern, particularly considering that the water table is currently depleting faster than it can be replenished.

To solve the problem, Wasa has turned to the Meghna river as an alternative; but sadly, Meghna, just like all our other rivers, is heavily polluted, and making the river’s water safe to drink comes with a very steep price-tag.

Alarmingly, a recent report issued by the Department of Environment has made the assessment that the water of the Meghna river will become totally undrinkable in five years.

We need a sustainable solution, and we need one fast, before a serious water crisis hits us again. 

For starters, it is a good idea to declare some zones as ecologically critical areas, where water quality and environmental pollution is monitored and strictly kept in check.

Furthermore, it is high time industries were made to update their technology, whereby their production waste is treated properly, and does not wreak havoc on our environment and our water supply.

Safe drinking water should be treated as a basic human right, and has even been declared as such by the United Nations; it is nothing short of shameful how poorly we have treated our water resources, and how wantonly we have polluted our rivers.

Much of the problem lies well within the control of the government -- all that is required is the will to put shallow, short-term interests aside, and do the right thing.