Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra, [presented the] RDA-Model of Water Management [during the World Bank Water Week 2009] in Washington, DC on February 19, .
The water management model uses underground pipes to irrigate fields and distribute drinking water to households from deep tube-wells which drastically reduce wastage of water.
[...] MA Matin, director of Centre for Irrigation and Water Management of RDA [...] started an experimental irrigation programme named Buried Pipe Irrigation System in 1982 at Narhatta village of Kahalu upazila in Bogra to ensure more water to villagers, save electricity and minimise cost. [...] In 1987, the second phase of the experimental programme was introduced at Shasibadani village in Bogra Sadar. In the second phase the facility of drinking water distribution from the same deep tube well was added. “One deep tube well provided drinking water for 2,200 people and ensured irrigation water for 60 hectares of land in the village,” said Matin.
“Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) along with other government establishments have started replicating the RDA model throughout the country,” he added. The RDA used the model in more than 200 villages in 55 districts, sources said.
A large amount of government money is being saved as the deep tube wells and the pipe network is owned buy beneficiaries, claimed Matin. “For example the RDA completed a water supply project with eight deep tube wells at a cost of Tk 16 lakh on both side of the Bangabandhu Bridge. The government in 1998 planned to complete the project spending Tk 1.36 crore,” he said.
The RDA also implemented an arsenic- and iron-free water supply project on Jamuna Fertiliser Company premises at Tarakandi in Jamalpur spending Tk 3.25 crore whereas Japan wanted nearly 10 times more to complete the automatic water supply project, Matin claimed.
[...] Sayda Begum, 35, wife of Mohammed Dulu Miah of [Garh Mohastan village of Shibganj upazila in Bogra], said her family is now better protected against waterborne diseases as dirking water is supplied to her home through pipes. “Most of the villagers were suffering from waterborne diseases before,” she said. The RDA has been supplying drinking and irrigation water to the village for six years.
Deep tube well owner Jahangir said, “We have been providing arsenic- and iron-free drinking water for monthly Tk 10 per person. Each person gets 150 litres of water a day.” The RDA gave him the total cost of the well as soft loan, Matin said.
Source: Hasibur Rahman Bilu, Daily Star, 16 Feb 2009