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    World Water Day Observation in Khulna

    On 22nd March 2017, District Administration, Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Department of Public Health and Engineering (DPHE), Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (KWASA), Jagrata Juba Shangha (JJS) and Other Civil Society organizations-NGOs jointly celebrated World Water Day at District Administration Conference Hall, Khulna. JJS participated the rally on World Water Day which started atHadis Park and ended at Deputy Commissioner Office, Khulna.  In the meeting ATM Zakir Hossain, Executive Director JJS presented a presentation on the water accessibility scenarios in rural and peri-urban khulna. He highlighted water related issues both in rural and peri-urban areas and he also mentioned that small scale local level water management plan led by community through negotiated approach could be a solution for sustainable underground and surface water management both in rural and peri-urban areas. Md. ZahidParvez, Executive Engineer, DPHE Khulna highlighted Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.1 and 6.2 and urging overall support for proper implementation of water and sanitation related SDG goals in Bangladesh. Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Deputy Managing Director, KWASA introduced their large scale ongoing project for ensuring safe drinking water at all the 31 Wards of Khulna City. He also added that ground water level is declining day by day that’s why Ward No 01 to 09 faces an acute crisis of safe drinking water. Chief Guest Md. Nazmul Ahsan, Deputy Commissioner, Khulna welcomed everyone for celebrating this World Water Day. He also added that we have problems for saline in water in Khulna Region. He said that awareness is important and infrastructural development (desalination plant, pond sand filter and safe drinking water options) is also essential for sustainable water management. Not only government should have the responsibility for infrastructural development but also NGOs should come forward.