DHAKA: The pumps of Dhaka WASA (Water Supply and Sewerage Authority) remained stopped for 1136.50 hours daily, which is the main reason behind the existing severe water crisis in the city.
As per Dhaka WASA, a total of 1950.75-hour load shedding occurs daily in the capital. The regular generation of WASA is being disrupted due to load shedding.
As a result, water pumping deficit stands at about 25 crore litters against the demand.
The daily demand of water in the city is 226.99 crore litters while the production is 202.13 litters.
There are 608 active pumps and five standby pumps of Dhaka WASA in the city.
WASA sources said the pumps have to face 1950.74-hour load shedding per day. Of the power deficit, 814.25-hour has been fulfilled through generator. The water pumps remained stopped for rest 1136.5-hour.
About 10,000 people depend on a pump for water in the city. WASA meet up people’s demand through vehicles or trolley when the pumps remain inactive. But, the WASA has not sufficient trolley or vehicles to supply water in 10 zones of the capital.
Dhaka WASA has only 240 vehicles where the need is 485.
Besides, the infrastructure of production and supply water can not be constructed in line with the increase of population in the city.
Apart from this, crisis exists as water pumping system is dependent on deep tube-well.
WASA official Engineer M Rafiqul Islam told banglanews that a total of 87 percent water is being lifted by deep tube-well in the capital.
He said, “The deep tube-wells need to set up with 2000 feet distance. But it is not possible for policy and technical problem. It reduces the capacity of water generation.”
BDST: 1907 HRS, APR 05, 2012
Shahin Afroz, Newsroom Editor
M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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