Bangladesh threatens water crisis

Water and sewerage company (PEC) reports that the residents of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, the daily required 2.2 billion gallons of water, but the real number is less than 2 billion liters.

VIC oversees 600 deep wells extracting water, but apart from them in the capital is located about 2000 private wells. About 87% of people get fresh water from deep wells, and the rest are treated surface water. April Showers in 2012 were able to slightly improve the situation, but the problem persists.

Dhaka is a problem, depending on the water table, while for improvement need to use large amounts of surface water sources such as ponds, rivers and canals. The overwhelming volume of water produced VIC, is extracted from the aquifer soil. Power outages and falling water levels in the dry season from March to May means that FIV can not provide people the right amount of water.

Lack of water in the beginning of April was so strong that in some parts of the city residents are either not received water for several days, or complained that it is not suitable for consumption. This led to protests that have become usual for this time of year. In 2010, the troops had to protect the water intake tower. In 2012, more than 700 people have seen every day of diarrhea, while in previous years, an increase from 250 to 300. As slum dwellers, for example, in Mirpur idle for hours in line for water. The percentage received drinking water is very low.

According to official figures, the population of Dhaka is more than 12.8 million inhabitants, although in reality the capital is home to about 15 million, of which 3.4 million live in slums. Each year, between 300 and 400 thousand people come to the capital of Bangladesh in search of a better life, bringing the population of Dhaka increased by 4 times in the last 25 years. Though the rate of growth of population in Dhaka is the highest in the world, the problem of water is not allowed and will only get worse.


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