Installation of community-managed pumps and filtering systems; each plant to provide safe water for drinking and cooking purposes to approximately 1,250 people living in a severely arsenic-contaminated area in Jessore District, west Bangladesh, thus improving their health and opportunities.
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Bangladesh has a population of 145 million, the majority of who live in rural areas where shallow groundwater extracted through hand pumps and deep tube wells is the principal source of household water. Naturally-occurring arsenic contamination of groundwater is a major problem and the country faces a public health crisis with as many as 70 million people at risk from prolonged use of arsenic-contaminated water. Health risks include gangrene and life-threatening cancers of internal organs.
Jessore is one of the most severely affected areas of the country: water drawn from hand pumps contains arsenic 10 times higher than the recommended limit. There are few purification or arsenic treatment facilities available in the rural areas and people are forced to use either contaminated tube well water or polluted surface water from ponds, canals and rivers. This project will give communities access to safe arsenic-free water for drinking and cooking purposes.
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