Drinking water booth launched for CEPZ apparel workers

Swisscontact Bangladesh’s “Shujola” project has launched its first drinking water booth for the apparel workers living in Chattogram Export Processing Zone (CEPZ).

A recent Oxfam Bangladesh study indicates that more than three-quarters of apparel workers have no running water inside their residences.

“Unofficial and informal service providers fill this gap. They charge high costs for low-quality services. The inadequate access to safe drinking is the main contributor to the poor health of residents,” it added.

So, “Shujola” targets to provide the apparel workers in their – often unregulated – residential communities with access to affordable sources of safe water for drinking and bathing.

The project aims to do so by facilitating private parties – such as individual entrepreneurs – to work with water technology companies to set up water kiosks.

“Shujola – Promoting Water Entrepreneurs and Digital Financing Mechanism in Bangladesh” is a 15-month pilot project that gives apparel workers and their communities access to safe water at low cost from “water kiosks” run by entrepreneurs.

A water kiosk can be a water dispensary, a water ATM (Automatic Teller Machine), a bottling plant, or a combination of several of these, says Swisscontact Bangladesh.