Experts urged to ratify Minamata Convention to phase out mercury-added products পারদযুক্ত পণ্যের ব্যবহার বন্ধে মিনামাতা কনভেনশন অনুমোদনের আহ্বান সেন্টমার্টিন সৈকতে প্লাস্টিকের আগ্রাসন 72 birds die eating pesticide-treated masakalai Educate girls to save the planet শিশুর সর্দি-কাশি সারানোর ঘরোয়া উপায় 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12 24 thousand under 5 children die of pneumonia in Bangladesh annually গ্রিনহাউস গ্যাস কমানোর লক্ষ্যে নানা উদ্যোগ Maldives: Eco-friendly product export destination for Bangladesh

What are we doing to save our water sources?

Various reports on the occasion of World Water Day, observed on March 22, have brought the terrible foreboding of a scenario in which we will literally run out of water. For Bangladesh, the urgency of conserving our water bodies could not be more critical. Dhaka, for instance, is practically losing all its rivers—Buriganga, Sitalakhya, Balu and Turag—to unprecedented pollution and indiscriminate encroachment. Despite government efforts to clean up the rivers and remove their illegal filling in, things are getting worse rather than better.

Untreated human waste, heavy metals, toxic chemicals are indiscriminately dumped into the rivers, making the water hazardous to drink. Tanneries, textiles and other industries without effluent treatment plants have poisoned our rivers. And all this has happened over the years with the authorities responsible being well aware. The results are frightening enough: WHO and Unicef have found that four million people in Bangladesh lack access to safe water and 85 million lack improved sanitation. The deaths of 2,000 under-five children every year from diarrhoea after consuming contaminated water are the result. 

Meanwhile, the ground water table in Dhaka city is being depleted to dangerous levels as surface water becomes unusable in many areas.

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