2.1 billion people of the world are suffering from the access of safe drinking water (Ref: WHO and UNICEF). Drinking water scarcity is an increasing problem in the coastal region of Bangladesh. Climate Change accelerates this situation. Pond and rainwater is the main source of drinking water for them. Most of them travel up to 3-4 km to collect drinking water. So, the overall goal of the project is to provide safe drinking water among the villagers who are deprived of safe drinking water.
Majority of the coastal villagers drink pond water directly without purification; so, they frequently suffer from water borne diseases. Mainly women and girls collect drinking water far away from their residence. Villagers fail to use tubewell because of the extreme salinity in ground. During summer season ponds get dried. Number of freshwater ponds is not enough for the villagers to meet up their drinking water demand. They do not have enough capacity to reserve the rainwater.
BEDS has been working to provide safe drinking water among the villagers. Through our initiatives, we have re-excavated ponds for preserving rainwater and install Ponds Sand Filter (PSF) systems (local technology) for water purification. Install Reverse Osmosis (modern technology) using Solar energy for reducing the salinity and improve the quality of the water. We also set up Water ATM for the proper management and long term sustainability of the system.
12000 people from 3000 coastal families will get safe drinking water facilities continuously from this initiatives. So, drinking water crisis and water borne diseases will be reduced, water collection time of the women will be also reduced so social security and safety of the rural women will be ensured.