Act now to provide clean, safe water to people

Safe drinking water is a human right and essential during and post COVID-19 crisis. We must do more to ensure safe water sources for the people.
According to the 2019 Interim census, about 81.7 per cent of families in our country get their drinking water from lowest drinking water services, and of them, about 41.4 per cent get drinking water from high and safe drinking water services.
About 63.8 per cent of urban population and about 32.7 per cent of the rural population get access to safe drinking water.
About 3.7 per cent of the urban population draws surface water from rivers, dams, lakes and irrigation facilities for their basic needs and drinking water while 15.8 per cent of the rural population turns to over ground water for drinking water.
Not all water users are equal. It speaks of some communities in urban areas who have found themselves without potable water for years at a time.

To ensure all the people have safe drinking water, the regional and state governments need to take tougher measures to ensure the safety of the public’s water sources.

Statewide testing for emerging contaminants in all public water sources should be carried out to ensure the safety of the public’s drinking water because their water is not tested for them and to take steps to limit and eliminate our exposure to them.
To ensure all the people have safe drinking water, the regional and state governments need to take tougher measures to ensure the safety of the public’s water sources.
It means they must take actions to prevent any activities such as illegal mining in rivers and unsystematic sewage management systems as they are polluting our rivers on which people are also relying for drinking. Besides, we must effectively tackle the problems of unsafe drinking water from some drinking water providers including unregistered ones.
Preventive measures are always less costly than remedies. When groundwater and surface water are polluted it is not something that can easily be fixed.
To help all the country’s people get access to safe drinking water, it is required to collect nationwide data related to safe drinking water supply such as standards for water supply and waste management, rain water storage for drinking at houses, factories and buildings and usage of underground water and water from rivers, dams and lakes.
Besides, there is an urgent need to complete the drafting of the National Water Law and linking it with existing laws, rules and regulations.
Getting access to clean and safe water is a basic human right for all.

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