Installation of Rainwater Harvesting Units in Arsenic-affected Villages, Pabna District

Project Installation of Rainwater Harvesting Units in Arsenic-affected Villages, Pabna District

• To provide safe arsenic-free water to the arsenic-affected community • To encourage community participation in the Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) system

Project Partners Dhaka Community Hospital (DCH)

• Installation of the RWH units • Water quality testing • Health and hygiene training sessions

Locations Jadupur, Ratongorj, Mahedinagar, Chandipur and Raghurampur villages under Pabna District
Period May 2011 - May 2012 (18 months)

All 80 RWH units has been completed and handed over to the respective households.

Although water from deep tube wells and improved dug
wells are said to be free from arsenic contamination,
excessive exploitation of groundwater should be avoided
as it is the main reason of arsenic contamination.
Rainwater remains the largest untapped source of
water. Some areas receive upwards of 2,300 mm/year
of rainfall, concentrated during the monsoon season
from June through October. Rainwater harvesting allows
natural supply of clean water to be stored in a safe and
sustainable way.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
MERCY Malaysia, with the help of DCH as well as the
community members, installed RWH units in five villages
under the Pabna District. Experienced local masons were
engaged for the construction of the RWH units. 80 units
were installed and each unit is able to store and supply a
capacity of 3,000 litres of water.
Training was also provided to the owners of the units,
which includes maintenance training through the health
and hygiene training sessions. MERCY Malaysia through
its local partner, DCH, will continuously monitor and
evaluate the quality of water to ensure that community
members have access to clean and arsenic-free water.