Authorities must address water crisis: It’s a fundamental human rights


In Bangladesh, the struggle for clean water takes on two distinct but interconnected forms: one in the bustling streets of Dhaka and the other in the quiet farmlands of the north.

In Dhaka, WASA (Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority) promises potable water, but the reality is a far cry from their assurances.

Residents face a supply reminiscent of Coleridge’s mariner, surrounded by undrinkable water. Reports of pollutants and harmful microorganisms raise alarms, with WASA’s response akin to passing the buck, urging residents to boil their water.

Meanwhile, in the north, fish farmers unwittingly taint groundwater with copious amounts of salt, combating bacterial infestations in their ponds.

The Bangladesh Water Development Board’s survey reveals a disturbing trend of rising salinity, a consequence of decades-long salt usage seeping into the bedrock.


In both cases, human intervention disrupts nature’s delicate balance, transforming life-giving water into a harbinger of illness and despair.

Whether it’s WASA’s faltering infrastructure or unintended consequences of fish farming, the result is the same: a populace denied the most basic of human needs.

Yet amidst this grim narrative, there lies hope. Awareness is the first step towards change. It’s time for WASA to acknowledge its shortcomings, for fish farmers to adopt sustainable practices, and for policymakers to prioritize water security.

The challenges are daunting, but not insurmountable. By confronting the root causes of these crises, by investing in infrastructure and education, Bangladesh can reclaim its most precious resource: clean, drinkable water. The path ahead may be fraught with obstacles, but the alternative – a nation parched by apathy and neglect – is a fate too dire to contemplate.

The solution lies in joining hands, recognizing that the struggle for water is a fight for survival itself. As the sun beats down mercilessly on Dhaka’s streets and the salt seeps deeper into the soil, let us remember that water is not just a commodity but a fundamental human right. It’s time we treated it as such.