Safe Water and Arsenic Treatment
Duration: since 2010
Location: Charghatupazilla, Bagha upazilla
Donor: Emmaus International
Arsenic poisoning affects some 70 countries, but the biggest problem by far has been in Bangladesh. Safe Water and Arsenic Treatment project follows TSDS’s long term involvement in sensitizing the community and establishing alternatives to arsenic contamination issue.
The project ensures safe and sustainable sources of water particularly in rural areas while saving and recharging traditional water sources such as dug well. It aims to aware villagers along with children and students about importance of water and the ways of its preservation.
Safe Water and Arsenic Treatment project consists of so called software and hardware support. Hardware support involves identifying people who are affected by arsenic and providing proper treatment for the arsenic affected patients; demarking of arsenic contaminated water sources and establishing safe water sources and regular water testing on arsenic occurrence.
Software assistance includes training affected communities in management of newly established water sources, i.e. dug well, deep set pump, rain water harvesting plant and others. It encourages formation of village level committees to ensure such management and to disseminate further obtained knowledge on water significance and conservation. Awareness campaigns on water management are organized for community leaders as well as for arsenic affected patients and youth through activities such as courtyard meetings or training programmes.