World Water Day is celebrated on 22nd March every year due to tak action on water issues. Thus, the theme for this year is ÒWater and Waste Water”. Due to population growth, accelerate urbanization and economic development, the quantity of wastewater generated and its overall pollution load are increasing globally. However, it is possible to deal with the crisis water through proper tratment of wastewater. Today 21st March 2017 at 11 a.m.infront of Press club, with the effort of 14 organizations including Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Poribesh Bachaw Andolon (POBA), NGO Forum and Public Health, and Work for a Better Bangladesh (WBB) Trust, there speakers express their opinions on human chain ‘To ensure reducing water westing and reusing it for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (S.D.G).
Joseph Halder, chief advocacy officer of NGO Forum and Public Health, talked as opening speaker in the human chain. He mentioned that rivers sorrounding us have turned into a store of waste water. Nevertheless, we should realize the treatment of waste water as a source of our existence which will play a vital role in dealing water crisis.
The president of Nagorik Odhikar Songrokkhon Forum, Hafizur Rahman Moyna said that everyday we use wter for various purposes. Besides, we can think about reusing of the waste water we have from everyday usning. It will help us to fulfill the uprising demand of water with the development of industry and energy production.
Member secretary of Unnoyan Dhara, Aminul Rasul said, it is declared in S.D.G that by 2030 pure drinking water for all is needed to be ensured. 60% people from cities and villages are deprived from drinking pure water. Moreover, at present 70% of demanding water is collected from underground. Thus, we have to increase the using of surface water.
Mihir Bishwas, joint general editor from BAPA mentioned that we are dependent on palstic bottle water though there are 4 rivers sorrounding us. We would not be dependent on surface water if the sorrounded rivers were not polluted.
Deputy program manager of WBB Trust, Naznin Kabir said that women suufer a lot due to have water crisis. Hence, the research says that women waste most of their time in fetching water. Therefore, all have to come forward to reduce water wasting. Besides, everyone has to take initiative to reuse waste water.
As a moderator in the human chia , general editor of POBA, engineer Abdus Sobhan said that we are wasting water because of internal- river difficulties and through river covering, grabbing, and polluting. Though there are four rivers in Dhaka we can not use water there. We are taking the project of 3 thousand crore to reduce water crisis. Therefore, governmental organizations and as citizens, we all need to work for saving our water resource. Besides, all the industries have to be more responsible in this case.
The human chain was moderated by Ziaur Rahman Litu, senior project officer at WBB Trust. D.M. Saklain, president of Jonoshartho Foundation; Mohiuddin, assistant researcher of Dhaka International University; Jewel Rana, Gonocommitee of rail-river communication development; Salma Nasrin and Salah Uddin, NGO Forum and Public health; Syeda Anonna Rahman, program manager of WBB Trust; Javed Jahan, national council member of BAPA, and Md. Habibur Rahman, president of Shubandhan Samajik Kallan somiti were present in the program.