Wed, Jul 24, 2019 3:03

We want pure water, HC to Wasa


The High Court has directed the Dhaka Wasa to supply pure water in the capital's residential area. 

The High Court has directed the Dhaka Wasa to supply pure water in the capital's residential area. 

“We need pure water. We want pure water. Ensure a supply of pure water,” the High Court said during the hearing on the report — the existence of stools and bacteria in the Wasa water in some areas of the capital.

On Wednesday, the High Court bench comprising Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the remark.

Barrister AM Masum was present for the Wasa. Lawyer Tanvir Ahmed was present for the writ petition. 

The report of the four-member committee formed under the direction of the court on water examination was presented before the court on July 7.

The report stated that there was bacterial contamination in the water of ten distribution zones of Dhaka WASA.

The court fixed July 24 for the next hearing seeking information from the Dhaka WASA authorities regarding the report.

In that continuation, the writ came up in schedule activities. During the hearing, AM Masum said, “In the comprehensive water test report, it was stated that fecal coliform had found.”

“We are implementing some recommendations in that report. According to that, our water was sent to ICDDRB and BUET for testing. We received the report of Patla Khan Lane area. We will get the Mirpur’s report on Sunday,” he added. 

Then Tanvir Ahmed said that after the court order, it took three months to form a committee to test the water. “The report was supposed to be submitted today.”

“A report got in hand. Mirpur’s report will arrive on Sunday. Then I will report,” said AM Masum in response.

During this, the court told the lawyers that it will be appreciable if they (WASA) can solve the problem and ensure the supply of safe water. “We need water, Pure water.”

The court then fixed July 30 for the next hearing.

Later, AM Masum said, “Zone-1 and Zone-4 were there in the comprehensive water report. One is Mirpur, another one is Patla Khan Lane- water in those areas have bacteria which is harmful to human bodies.”

“Those harmful bacteria are fecal and E. coli. We went to the one-by-one correctification as recommendations. Reports of ICCDRB and BUET were found to fix the bacteria in Patla Khan Lane. Mirpur’s report will be available on Sunday,” Barrister AM Masum added.