ARSENIC MITIGATION PROJECT: INSTALLATION OF INDARA IN ARSENICAFFECTED VILLAGE

Project ARSENIC MITIGATION PROJECT: INSTALLATION OF INDARA IN ARSENICAFFECTED VILLAGE
Objectives

Installation of tube-wells for safe drinking water for rural communities.

Project Partners Dhaka Community Hospital (DCH)
Activities

Conducting an assessment of different methods of arsenic mitigation, and concluded that concrete dug wells, locally known as ‘Indara’, would be the best form of providing arsenic-free water to the community.

Locations Khabarikola village
Period 2009
Accomplishments

For 2009, the following physical works have been completed: • Water storage tank – capacity: 4,000 litres • Pipeline setup & construction of platforms – 30 tap points (1 tap point per family) • Installation of a water gauge to indicate water level in the storage tank (additional activity) • One hand-tube well installed near the well

Background

These are the words of villagers living in rural areas of Bangladesh. It is estimated that over the last three decades, about 10 million tube-wells have been installed in Bangladesh for safe drinking water mostly for rural communities. Unfortunately, about one in five of these wells are now highly contaminated by naturally occurring arsenic.

Arsenic poisoning sufferers encounter enormous social stigma in Bangladesh as many people believe arsenic poisoning is either contagious or a curse.

Parents are reluctant to let their children play with children suffering arsenic poisoning and patients can be shunned within their villages. In some cases it is almost impossible for single women suffering from arsenic poisoning to marry.