Social Security Policy Support (SSPS) Programme

An initiative of the Cabinet Division and the General Economics Division (GED), Bangladesh Planning Commission, Government of Bangladesh

Bangladesh Rural Water Supply and Sanitation

In support of the development of Water Supply and Sanitation infrastructure according to the Government’s Sixth Five Year Plan, the objective of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project for Bangladesh is to: (a) increase provision of safe water supply and hygienic sanitation in rural areas of Bangladesh, where shallow aquifers are highly contaminated by arsenic and other pollutants such as salinity, iron, and bacterial pathogens; and (b) facilitate an early emergency response. The project will
have the following five components: construction of piped water supply systems in arsenic-impacted rural areas with local public-private participation in financing and operations; where piped water isn’t an option in arsenic impacted villages with low villages have deep tubewells and wells;  providing technical assistance and other support to the Department of Public Health Engineering, Union Parishads, beneficiary communities, and the private sector; providing support to the Department of Public Health Engineering for day to day management of the project; Component 5: Contingency for Disaster Risk Response: providing preparedness and rapid response to disaster, emergency, and/or catastrophic events, as needed. To create a sustainable operation and maintenance framework would contribute to the achievement of Bangladesh’s MDG#7 (i.e., to ensure environmental sustainability).
Throughout the country
Benefit: All

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