By Raida K Reza
You come home after a busy day, open the tap to get freshened up, and you find that there's no water a common scenario that all of us have to face. One would think water problem is not a factor for a country like ours - having about forty major rivers, but it has become a big crisis. Water enters a city, becomes contaminated with human and industrial wastes, and leaves the city dangerously polluted. Toxic industrial wastes discharged into rivers and lakes or into wells also permeate aquifers, making water-both surface and underground - unsafe for drinking. And their toxic wastes are destroying marine ecosystems, including local fisheries. About twenty nine million litres of treated water comes into the capital each day, but does not fulfil our needs.
Water-based sewage systems take nutrients originating in the soil and typically dump them into rivers, lakes, or the sea. Not only are the nutrients lost from agriculture, but the nutrient overload has led to the death of many rivers and to the formation of some 200 dead zones in ocean coastal regions. Unhealthy water causes deaths of more than 14,000 people daily, and thousands of people suffer from drinking water crisis daily in BD. The water pipe and the waste water pipe got connected in old Dhaka and the water that came out was literally water with faeces.
Taking small steps can help a lot, like the saying goes 'drop by drop makes an ocean'. We can start by reducing wastage of water, and spreading the awareness. New and improved water plants have been introduced recently by JAGO Water Purification Products, but we can start conserving by following some tips. Don't use your toilet as a waste bin (for tissues etc.), as unessential flushing can waste more than 12 gallons a day. Take a shower instead of a bath and save 15 gallons of water every time. Water plants in the evening to avoid the water evaporating. Always try to use a watering can, not a hose. Install a water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Mr Aritfur Rahman from NGO for drinking water supply and sanitation says that a rainwater saving plant is being set-up in Gulshan. This is a very efficient way, as it does not require water to be pumped from the ground and purified with chemicals. The water itself is pure. Deep tube wells can be an alternative idea for us. It might seem very rural, but it can be a way out! There are recycling systems, but not the household water recycling system. If that is introduced, the water problems might just decrease in a very massive amount. He also tells us that it is too much for us to expect from the WASA as they are already doing what they can. We need to step up and start initiatives for ourselves.
Sources: http://environment.about. com/ od/ environmentalevents/a/waterdayqa.htm
A Foul Feast of Love
By Adnan M. S. Fakir & Wajed-Al-Rahman
Would you kindly indulge yourself,
Ignore too, my childlike heart
All that was fair to me is wooed
…and thus I wait
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