Bangladesh

The need of the month

Jun 6, 2017
The last thing the people of Dhaka need right now is a water crisis. Unfortunately, our capital has a storied history of water scarcity, with people taking to the streets and having their thirst be voiced in the form of protests being a frequent occurrence during the warmer periods of the year.
 
But this problem is all the more inconvenient in the holy month of Ramadan. This time of the year also happens to be the hottest time of the year. Dhaka city’s traffic problem is particularly erratic this time of the year. Combined with the demands of fasting, a water shortage during Iftar and Sehri time is the last thing people need.
 
That is not to say that steps have not been taken to tackle this problem, of course. Wasa recently introduced a 24-hour hotline for clients to file complaints, should they face issues with the water supply. Ad hoc solutions such as this can only go so far.
 
Since a comprehensive, sustainable solution to the capital’s problems with water scarcity is nowhere in sight, the least the administration can do is to make the necessary preparations to tackle future water crises ahead of time. The government must ensure that water problems during Ramadan are kept to a minimum. Water is not only a public health issue, but a human rights issue, and it should be a priority to ensure we have enough of it for everyone.
 
Dhaka Tribune, June 6, 2017

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