Improving Access to Safe Water in Bangladesh

2835 Words Feb 16th, 2018 11 Pages
But, even the recent data indicate that close to 900 million people lack access to a safe and sustainable source of drinking water. The access to safe water is affected by temporal differences in availability of water as well as contamination through natural minerals and anthropogenic wastes. As a result, people relying on water from natural rivers and reservoirs, unprotected wells and springs, and other sources are often at high risk due to lack of either quantity or quality or both of water.
Among the developing nations, the problem with access to safe drinking water is one of the most acute in Bangladesh. As Bangladesh is located in Asian Monsoon region, there is strong season-to-season variation in water availability and people often have to resort to natural water stocks in the dry season. To tackle the seasonal shortage in water, the government installed millions of wells across the country providing access of water to 97% of the population. In fact, 79% percent of rural population in Bangladesh depends on groundwater extracted from shallow tube-wells.
In 1993, however, it was revealed that the groundwater in Bangladesh is contaminated with high concentration of Arsenic.…
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