Arsenic, Iron Removal Plant (AIRP) at KolaroaPaurashava, Satkhira

Kalaroa is a small coastal town designated as a B category Pourashava which a home of 28645 people, among whom most of them endure intense poverty along with the water and sanitation problems. This is one of the highest Arsenic contaminated urban areas in the country. Dhaka Ahsania Mission, in regard to its experience in WASH in Urban areas and long term engagement in Satkhira district, intents to implement a project named AmaderKalaroa (WASH in small towns). The main objective of the project is to establish a sustainable service delivery model developed to increase access to WASH facilities of the people living in KalaroaPaurashava in focus of its coastal nature and possible climate change impact, through building capacity of the Paurashava, educational and local institutions and other service providers influencing toward pro-poor policy; and increase investments for Community Managed Sustainable WASH. The project has started from June, 2012.

With the technical support of WaterAid Bangladesh,Dhaka Ahsania Mission and KalaroaPaurashava are implementing AmaderKalaroa Project (AKP) to ensure safe water for this locality. Total 40 Arsenic Iron Removal Plant (AIRP) established through AKP. Among those 29 established at community level and 11 AIRP has established at school level with preference to girls school. School level AIRP is maintaining through school authority. This success is possible to achieve by community people along with proactive social mobilization of AKP team and KalaroaPourashava.

Now peoples of Kolaroa are enjoying the project results.

Johara Begum said, “We are taking safe drinking water from AIRP. ARIP water is very testy, so we are drinking more water”.

Amena Begum said,’ I was seriously affected from gastric. After taking AIRP water I have no gastric problem.  Now I am not taking medicine”.

KulsumAkter,’ Getting this AIRP we are very much happy, as this water is testy, light and safe. Earlier we were taking water from far place. It was taking too much time to collect water”.’

For that we are paying tariff for collection water. We are very happy for taking safe water through those AIRP by DAM and Paurashava”.

In the rural areas people could not believe that we pay tariff for getting safe water. The community people are paying minimum BDT.20 in every month.This tariff rate has been decided as per community’s socio-economic status by the Kalaroa Paurashava body and community people. The Kalaroa Paurashava and communities have contributed to establish 40 AIRP at community and school level. Total cost ofAIRP wasBDT.40, 60,620.Most of them have been paying their tariff through strong coordination of the Project Implementation Committee (PIC). This committee formed for implementing project activity. PIC has giveninstruction to maintain it carefully to Plants caretaker. Total tariff BDT.2, 33,215tariff has been collected. The PIC is already used BDT.1, 66,427regarding repaired AIRP. Now, the total bank deposit is BDT. 263,414. It is remarkable that allthe AIRP are functional through this tariff and getting safe water for 2462 households.

On the other hand Department of Public Health and Engineering (DPHE) Kalaroa has established two AIRP as per same design and estimate instead of deep tube-well. As water layer is not suitable for safe drinking water at Kalaroa. Moreover, they have developed tariff collection system also. Naturally community managed water option functionality rate is not satisfactory in our country especially at costal area. In the circumstances cent percent AIRP are functional through effective tariff collection. Hope AIRP will be sustainable water treatment option for this area to adopt to possible climate change impacts in future. (Source: AKP Report, WASH sector)