Upscaling Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) for Community Water Supply in Saline prone areas

LEDARS is implementing the project entitled “Upscaling Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) for Community Water Supply in Saline prone areas”. It is a project managed by the Department of Geology, University of Dhaka with support of Ground Water Circle of the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE); WASH Section of UNICEF Bangladesh; and Acacia Water of the Netherlands. The prime aim of this project is manually recharge the ground water for providing community water supplies in saline areas of the Khulna, Satkhira and Bagerhat districts. NGOs are closely working with Dhaka University to maintain properly of the sites and provide technical information for research purpose. 7 partner NGOs have been working in this three district. The Consortia members of this project is UNICEF Bangladesh, University of Dhaka (DU), Acacia Water (Netherland), Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE), Shushilan, AOSED, Mukti Foundation, Gano Milan Foundation, Jagrata Juba Shangha (JJS), LoCOS, and LEDARS. LEDARS is working in Shyamnagar upazila where 10 MAR sits are present.

LEDARS 10 Project Site Locations:

Sl no Name of sites Name of Union of Shyamnagar Unpazila of Satkhira district
01 Nagbati Govt Primary School Vurulia
02 Nagbati Madrassa Nagbati Vurulia
03 Habibul Alam Noornagar Nurnagar
04 Noornagar Govt Pond Nurnagar
05 Ishwaripur A Sobhan High School Ishwaripur
06 Gumantoli Senior Fajel Madrassa Ishwaripur
07 33 No Gumantoli Primary School Ishwaripur
08 Chandipur Primary School Shyamnagar
09 Nakipur Pilot Model School Shyamnagar
10 Nakipur Girls high School Shyamnagar

Providing support to vulnerable people to remove water scarcity

People of southwest are seriously suffering  drinking water scarcity due to salinity and arsenic contamination in surface and ground water. LEDARS is raising awareness of the people and support to install water technology for drinking water. LEDARS is demonstrating and supporting to re-excavation of ponds, installation of Pond-Sand-Filter (PSF), Bio-Sand Filters and Rain Water Harvesting Systems for create access to safe drinking water. LEDARS is also supporting the community to install safe latrines and educating people about good hygiene practices.