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Arsenic is found in 85% of tube well water in Hajipur village in Cumilla

Cumilla Correspondent

Excessive arsenic was found in 85 per cent tube well water of Hajipur village in Bakai Uttar Union of Lalmai upazila of Cumilla . This information has come up in the ongoing arsenic test under the arsenic risk mitigation project for water supply initiated by Lalmai Upazila Public Health Engineering Department.

Talking to the villagers and concerned people, it has been learned that there are about two and a half shallow tube wells to meet the drinking water demand of about two and a half thousand people of Hajipur village. On June 17, 18 and 21, testers Russell, Tanvir, Sajib and Fatema, employed by the Public Health Engineering Department, tested arsenic for water from 192 tube wells in the village. Tests showed that 174 tube wells contained excessive arsenic in the water.

Although the tolerable level of arsenic in water is 50 ppb per liter, there are 1000 ppb in 16 tube wells of Hajipur village, 500 ppb in 52 tube well water, 300 ppb in 42 tube well water, 200 ppb in 16 tube well water and 100 ppb in 35 tube well water and 100 ppb in 35 tube well water.

Russell Ahmed and Tanvir said excessive arsenic was found in 75 per cent of tube well water in Hajipur. Apart from personal, arsenic is also present in the tube well water provided by various NGOs. I am painting the faces of the tube wells where arsenic is found in the water.

Abul Kashem and Abul Hashem, the owners of a tube well containing arsenic of one thousand ppb, said, “I am drinking arsenic poison regularly knowingly.” I am drawing the attention of the government to give us the opportunity to drink pure water by installing deep tube wells as soon as possible.

Lalmai Upazila Public Health Engineer Saiful Islam said arsenic was present in 75 per cent of tube well water in Hajipur village in the north. As far as I know, the tube wells of that village have been placed at a depth of 60 to 70 feet. Hajipur village will be given special priority in the government’s deep tube well installation project in future.

Lalmai Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr Raunak Jahan said, “I have informed the matter to the District Civil Surgeon Sir.” I have requested the public health engineer to provide clean water as well. I will tell the people of Hajipur not to drink water from the red marked tube well.

Nasir Ullah, Executive Engineer of the district public health engineering department, said that after the completion of the ongoing survey, arsenic levels would be higher in the villages where deep tube wells would be officially installed.

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