Pure Drinking Water Supply Project

PURE DRINKING WATER SUPPLY PROJECT

The United Nations considers universal access to clean water a basic human right, and an essential step towards improving living standards worldwide. Water-poor communities are typically economically poor as well.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO),   distribution systems  should make drinking water available so that people do not need to travel more than one kilometer from the place where they will use the water.

Masjid Council initiated the project in 2005 at Darogram village under Manikgonj with partial support from the World Bank through the Social Development Foundation (SDF) with objective to facilitate and demonstrate alternative option for service and delivery of safe water supply at rural communities to improve access, involving user participation in planning, implementation and operation.

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Specific objectives—

  • To ensure pure drinking water to the targeted families frequently.
  • To encourage public-private partnership in rural water supply delivery.
  • To facilitate operational sustainability through cost recovery and demand driven options by the water users in the village including vulnerable members of the community.
  • To contribute towards poverty reduction through rural employment and
  • To facilitate personal hygiene practice and quality of life of the user community.

 

The village   Darogram   is located at about 70 km west of Dhaka city, under Saturiaupazila of Manikgonj District. Having a total population of about 6000, the village is characterized by average family size of 5.12 with 26 (3.47%) vulnerable households; the occupation of the villagers is diversified including farming (37%), trade and business (37%), service holders (13%). It was found that the underground water of the locality was contaminated with Arsenic and Iron prior to introducing of the project; therefore most of them expressed their willingness to be a member of the drinking water supply network.At the moment around 400 families are connected with the system. The beneficiaries pay their tariff regularly. Around 10% deserving family get water facility without tariff. The implementation of this pilot project experienced several challenges but due to commitment of Masjid Council the challenges were overcome. Both the World Bank and Social Development Foundation credited Masjid Council for successful implementation.

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