About 10 to 13 per cent of Dhaka city residents get contaminated water due to drainage line problems, said Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority managing director Taqsem A Khan on Monday.
The water supply agency will solve the problems by 2023 to ensure uncontaminated drinking water for all, he said at a views exchange meeting in the WASA Bhaban at Karwanbazar in Dhaka.
The lone water supply agency has 100 per cent water coverage across the city but cannot ensure 100 per cent drinkable water at all areas, the agency managing director said.
‘Dhaka WASA has completed 64 district metered area out of 145 to provide safe water,’ he said.
The water agency couldn’t protect the canals as it was not its responsibility, Taqsem also said while addressing the meeting on the hand-over of drainage responsibility from the Dhaka WASA to the city corporations.
‘We cleaned up canals, excavated sometimes at places for draining out rain water,’ he said.
The new custodians can maintain them for multi-purpose uses, he commented.
‘The city corporations can introduce water transport through the canals, beautify their banks and diversify their uses,’ he said replying questions.
He promised that they would cooperate with the city corporations and share their experience and expertise.
The Department of Public Health Engineering did a mistake by giving the drainage responsibility to the water supply agency in 1988, said the top official of Dhaka WASA.
He said that the water supply and sewerage in the city were the responsibility of the agency but it should not be involved with the drainage.
On December 31, 2020, the Dhaka WASA handed over the responsibility of the drainage system of the city to the two city corporations amid huge criticism of waterlogging causing distress to city residents over the years.
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