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Tk 6.1m project for arsenic free water in Satkhira - 1 Dec 02

SATKHIRA, Nov 30 (BSS): The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) has taken up a programme to install 99 arsenic free Deep Tubewells (DT) and 78 Pond Sand Filter (PSF) in six upazilas of the district at a cost of Taka 61,20,621 during the current fiscal year.

Official sources said installation of these DT and PSF will be started from first week of December and will be completed by June next to ensure supply of arsenic free pure drinking water to the rural people of the district. Of the total 29 Deep Tubewells (DT) and 6 Pond Sand Filters (PSF) will be installed in sadar upazila, 5 DT and 17 PSF will be sunk in Kalaroa, 17 DT and 14 PSF in Tala, 15 DT and 13 PSF IN Assasuni, 15 DT and 13 PSF in Kaligonj, 18 DT and 15 PSF in Shymnagar upazila.

The PHED has also taken up a programme to test tubewells water to detect arsenic in five upazilas of the district in the current month. An official sources said, a total of 41667 tubewells will be brought under the arsenic testing programme, of them 2252 tubewells in Assasuni upazila, 3168 in Kaligonj, 31150 in Tala, 1251 in Shymnagar and 3846 in Sadar upazila.

To detect arsenic in the tubewells water several NGO's with the help of local upazila PHED started a survey at ward level under the Bangladesh arsenic mitigation water supply project. PHED put red mark on the arsenic contaminated tubewells and advised the people not to drink water from those tubewells. - BSS



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