Water supply in the municipality is being seriously hampered for decreasing water level in the river Baleshwar.
The situation is so miserable that water supply remained suspended all day long yesterday, causing untold sufferings to the townspeople, especially those who have no reservoir for water.
“When water comes in the supply line, we collect it from there. But we are not getting water for the last few days,” said Jamal Hossain of the town, adding that he did not get a single drop of water yesterday as supply of water remained suspended.
“Except supply water, we do not have alternative source of water as most ponds and canals are dried up,” said another resident Ismail Hossain.
Contacted, Md Shamimur Rahman, in-charge superintendent of water supply and sanitation in the municipality, said as Baleshwar is filled with silt, water level has decreased.
They fill a big pond through a canal from the river. After processing, they supply water to the consumers. But with the beginning of winter, water level decreases in the river every year creating trouble in supplying water smoothly, said Shamimur.
But this year, the situation is worse than previous years, he said.
Md Roisuddin, work assistant of water supply branch of the municipality, said they hired a dredger yesterday to fill the pond from the river through plastic pipe.
“It is very expensive. But we are trying our best to supply water to the consumers,” he said, adding that water supply will be normal within today.
Mayor of the municipality Md Habibur Rahman Malek said it is now essential to re-excavate the river for smooth supply of water.
He has also demanded setting up of a water treatment plant beside the river Kaliganga under Pirojpur Sadar upazila.
Big projects are need for materialising these works, the mayor said drawing the attention of the government for solving the problem.
Paying a visit to the water supply area beside the river Baleshwar at Khumuria village, this correspondent found that there is little water in the pond from where water is supplied after processing.
Around 7,000 households are beneficiaries of water supplied by Pirojpur municipality. It began supplying water in 1983.