The second phase of Saidabad Water Treatment Plant will formally start its operation today (Thursday) which has a capacity to treat 225 million litres of water a day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the second phase of plant this morning which was completed spending Tk 11.40 billion.
Dhaka WASA (Water Supply and Sewerage Authority) managing director Taqsem A Khan revealed this information at a press conference at WASA office Wednesday.
The source of water for the treatment plant will be the Shitalakhya river. The treatment plant is situated on 17 acres at Saidabad. The construction of this plant started in April 2010.
DANIDA of Denmark and government of Bangladesh have funded the cost of second phase of the water treatment plant.
The Dhaka WASA MD said: "We have to reduce the dependency on under ground water and we set up first phase of Saidabad Water Treatment Plant 10 years back. Thursday we will formally launch the second phase of the plant."
"The ratio of dependency on surface water is 22 per cent and under ground water is 78 per cent to meet the total demand of water in the city. We want to reverse the dependency like 70 per cent will come from surface and 30 per cent from under ground water."
He said: "The production capacity has reached to 2.42 billion litres of water per day while the demand of Wednesday was 2.13 billion litres."
"We have to prefer surface water for two reasons; depending on under ground water we can not ensure sustainable water management system and the level of under ground water is decreasing. So, we have to go for the surface water," he observed.
"The work of third phase of Saidabad Water Treatment Plant and Khilkhet water treatment plant is likely to start next year," he said.,