Two school-based water purification projects launched last week have brought relief for people living at Sharankhola and Dakope upazilas in Khulna in acute shortage of safe drinking water.
The projects are using reverse osmosis system to remove impurities and bacterial contamination in water, said a press release.
The schools in which the projects are based are Southkhali Girls’ High School in Sharankhola and Kaminibasia Raskhola Primary and High School in Dakope, the press release said.
After meeting the demand of water for the school students and staff, the press release said, water was being sold to locals.
Usually locals need to travel long distances for collecting safe drinking water. Often they were forced to consume unsafe water when travelling distances becomes problematic for locals.
Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation is implementing the projects in association with Prokaushali Sangsad Limited and NGOs Usha and Rural Energy and Development Initiative.
‘The difficulties of the local people are impossible to imagine from afar, and we are excited that our projects are already providing potable water,’ said Nasima Khan, chief operating officer of PSLF.
‘Our purpose is to support the underserved population with water, but also to instil a sense of ownership and responsibility towards long term sustainability and smooth operation of the system,’ said PSL managing director Asma Huque.
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