RWASA to implement mega project for drinking water supply

Rajshahi Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (RWASA) is going to implement a mega project aims at supplying safe drinking water among Rajshahi city dwellers, reports BSS. 

The project titled ‘RWASA Surface water Treatment’ will be implemented with an estimated cost of Taka 4,150 crore to remove the existing water supply related problems. It has provisions of installing 26.5-kilometer main pipelines and 48- kilometer primary and secondary pipelines for installing a strong water supply network.

This was revealed in the RWASA’s first board meeting held at its conference hall here on Sunday afternoon with Board Chairman Prof Shamim Uz Zaman Basunia in the chair.

RWASA Managing Director Sultan Abdul Hamid and other members Aftab Hossain Pramanik, Shaheen Akter Rainy, Shahadat Hossain, Dr Tabibur Rahman Sheikh and Dr Nawshad Ali were present at the meeting. Under the project, water from the Padma River will be supplied to households for drinking purpose after necessary treatment.

The mega project has been adopted to supply fresh drinking water under a 40-year water supply management master plan.

Giving a salient feature of the project Sultan Abdul Hamid apprised the meeting that the project will carry water through pipeline from the Padma River, purify it and then supply it to city houses.

The surface water-based plant with capacity of treating 20-crore liter water daily will be set up at Farhadpur, 26.5 kilometres west from the city centre under Godagari upazila by June 2022.

From this water purification plant, fresh drinking water will be supplied to all 30 wards in Rajshahi City Corporation and its surrounding areas as well as 11 wards of Katakhali and Naohata municipal areas. All old pipelines and hydrants of the city will also be repaired and renovated under the project. “We are very much hopeful of completing the acquiring process of 53.31 acres of land for the mega project by next June,” he added. He also said the RWASA has, so far, brought more than 4.04 lakh city dwellers under its water supply coverage. “So far, we have brought 73.28 percent of Rajshahi city’s total around 5.52 lakh population under the water supply coverage,” said Sultan Hamid, while talking to BSS on the issue here today.

Currently, 7.78-crore liters water are being extracted through 96 production pumps in all 30 wards under Rajshahi City Corporation daily against total demand of 11.33-crore liters.

There are 712.50-kilometer pipelines to distribute the extracted water.”We have also completed the feasibility study on Surface Water Treatment Plant in Rajshahi WASA at a cost of around Taka 1.89 crore,” added Hamid.

Forty five kilometers pipeline with 150-milimeter diameter, 70 kilometers pipeline with 100-milimeter diameter, 20 new production pumps and 28 submersible pumps were installed during the period from July 2012 to December 2015 under Taka 28.02-crore ‘Water Supply System Improvement in Rajshahi City’ project.

Besides, 600 washouts and 100 flow-meters were commissioned under the project. Currently, commissioning work on 68-kilometer pipelines ranging from 100 to 300 millimeters in width is progressing.

In addition to reactivation of 40 production pumps, installation work on 22 new production pumps and 32 water points is progressing under the ongoing project.