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Rain water harvesting gains ground in Sylhet -23 Oct 02
Oct 22 : Rain water harvesting (RWH) system is gaining ground in different parts of Sylhet district in recent times. It is gathered that rain water harvesting plants set up in different parts of the district have ensured arsenic free water for a large number of people of the district, particularly in rural areas in recent times. Rain water harvesting plants have been set up in various parts of the district with the initiative of NGO Forum, a leading NGO.
This correspondent recently visited different parts of the district and saw a large number of people using arsenic free water from the rain water harvesting plants.
" We are greatly benefited by rain water harvesting plants. We have no fear of being attacked with arsenic contamination", Jhunu Rani Das (50), a housewife of village Mitrimahal, 16 km off the Sylhet city under Goainghat upazila, told this correspondent with a happy grin.
"Most of the tube-wells of the district are contaminated with arsenic. That's why we store rain water for use", said another housewife of the village. "Arsenic contamination had created panic in the village and it's surrounding areas. Now that panic is gone", said another inhabitant of the village. The people of the village store rain water during the rainy season and use throughout the year. The water is used for various purposes including drinking. The rural people heaved a sigh of relief with the introduction of the rain water harvesting method.
The members of several families stored the rain water through RWH system and use safe water round the year. Rain water harvesting system is a new technology which was introduced by NGO Forum with the inhabitants of the Mitrimahal village in Goainghat upazila in 2000. At least nine rain water harvesting projects have been set up in several villages of Goainghat upazila. The users have to pay one fifth cost for each RWH the rest of the cost is borne by NGO Forum, some villages told this correspondent. Per RWH plant costs Tk 4,500. - The Independent
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