Project information

Arsenic-free Drinking Water, Jessore, Bangladesh

Installation of community-managed pumps and filtering systems; each plant to provide safe water for drinking and cooking purposes to approximately 1,250 people living in a severely arsenic-contaminated area in Jessore District, west Bangladesh, thus improving their health and opportunities.

On-going as money becomes available

Charity information: Dhaka Ahsania Mission

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  • Need

    Need

    Bangladesh has a population of 145 million, the majority of who live in rural areas where shallow groundwater extracted through hand pumps and deep tube wells is the principal source of household water. Naturally-occurring arsenic contamination of groundwater is a major problem and the country faces a public health crisis with as many as 70 million people at risk from prolonged use of arsenic-contaminated water. Health risks include gangrene and life-threatening cancers of internal organs.

    Solution

    Jessore is one of the most severely affected areas of the country: water drawn from hand pumps contains arsenic 10 times higher than the recommended limit. There are few purification or arsenic treatment facilities available in the rural areas and people are forced to use either contaminated tube well water or polluted surface water from ponds, canals and rivers. This project will give communities access to safe arsenic-free water for drinking and cooking purposes.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Each arsenic filter plant will supply approx. 1,250 people with safe water for drinking and cooking

    Activities

    » Installation of: (1) pumps to extract ground water; (2) storage tanks to store the water before filtering; (3) storage tanks for arsenic-free water
    » Construction of sheds to house the arsenic filters and storage tanks.
    » Identification of community members who will take responsibility for running the systems.
    » Training for community members on operation and maintenance.

    Success of each filter plant will be approximately 1,250 people having safe water.


  • Impact

    Impact

    With each arsenic filter plant successfully working, approximately 1,250 will no longer be at risk of arsenic contamination and, therefore, will have better health and opportunities.

    Risk

    We do not see any particular risk with this project.

    Reporting

    As soon as the arsenic filter plant has been installed and is successfully working, we will send a report, complete with pictures, to the donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,880

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,892 Arsenic removal plant plant removal plant
      £1,578 Labour, materials, transportat materials, transportation
      £410 UK costs UK costs
  • Background

    Location

    Jessore District in West Bangladesh

    Beneficiaries

    Each arsenic filter plant installed, will benefit approximately 1,250 people living in a severely arsenic-contaminated area in Jessore district, west Bangladesh.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) Bangladesh has been working to improve the water supply and sanitation conditions in rural Bangladesh for several years and has implemented many projects across the country to ensure safe drinking water and healthy sanitation systems for disadvantaged communities. Developing low-cost and user-friendly ways of treating arsenic-contaminated water for safe use by rural poor is a key part of this work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Shafiqul Islam

    Director of Programmes, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Bangladesh