The Challenge of Water in Illegal Slums

This audio slideshow from Financial Times looks at the severe shortage of clean water in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and what some activists are trying to do to provide clean water for the dwellers of the city's illegal slums.

"Barney Jopson reports on how WaterAid is bringing clean and legal water to the illegal slums of Dhaka in Bangladesh."

Public officials refuse to provide water to dwellers of illegal slum developments, and private companies profit by selling overpriced water to residents. New efforts to provide better access to pumps is driving costs down for residents.

"WaterAid estimates that over 1bn people do not have access to safe water while over 2.5bn lack adequate sanitation – many of them in urban slums. The organisation helps communities set up and manage their own water and sanitation systems."

Full Story: Legalising water in the slums of Bangladesh


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