Construction is currently underway on a project that will purify water from the sewers in Bangladesh to a level of safety, a water quality monitor said on Wednesday.
The project is part of the countrys largest urban renewal project, known as the Water Purification Project.
The city of Dhaka, which has been dealing with a severe drought for years, has been plagued by poor water quality for years.
“This project is a first step in establishing a new source of water in the city,” said the project manager, Muntazul Muhammed.
The water is being collected from the river and delivered to the city’s sewage treatment plant.
“The water is purified by means of a new system of pipes, water filters, pumps and water desalination,” he said.
The entire project is expected to cost around $10 million, which is less than the $20 million the city spent on the first phase.
Construction is expected by the end of 2017.
“Dhaka has a history of poor water standards, and we want to fix that,” said Ali Aftab, Dhaka’s mayor.
“I have made it clear to the government that we will not accept anything less than a good, safe water supply.”
The city’s water supply was recently damaged by the country’s largest outbreak of diarrhoea in decades.
More than 10,000 people have been diagnosed with the disease and more than 3,600 have died.
The countrys water crisis has become a major cause for political discontent, with the ruling Awami League party, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, taking a hard line against what they view as corruption and mismanagement.