Wasa has been lax, inefficient, and ineffective in the past
For any developed nation, the quality of water that reaches its citizens’ homes is something that should never be compromised.
In essence, if each and every citizen of a country is dissatisfied with the water they get -- if the water isn’t potable -- then the country is far from the path towards development it may wish to be in.
As such, we are pleased to hear the prime minister urging citizens and public officials alike to reduce wastage of our water resources, and to be more conscientious when it comes to their use.
But the fact that plenty of water is wasted is only part of the problem.
We have seen countless reports of how the water provided by Wasa continues to remain below standard, with tests revealing how they remain contaminated with E-coli bacteria, harmful metals, and other pollutants.
This remains such a widespread issue that Bangladeshis have no choice but to boil their water before they can drink it -- and we should work towards ensuring that this practice is no longer necessary in the future.
One of the key aspects of a developed lifestyle is the ability to drink the water straight from the tap.
While we are still a long way from that reality, there should be no reason we should stop ourselves from working towards such a goal.
Water treatment is an expensive process and, as a result, should not be wasted, but, as the PM has urged Wasa, must be handled with sincerity and towards the betterment of the citizens.
Wasa has been lax, inefficient, and ineffective in the past, and it is time to identify the problem areas and tackle them steadily, before a larger water crisis hits us.