The World Bank is set to provide $75 million for an initiative to provide safe and clean water to some 1.6 million people living in rural villages in Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project will scale up an existing private-public partnership model to deliver safe water to rural areas with high saline or arsenic contamination. It is also designed to promote hygienic sanitation facilities in the 20 rural districts covered.
The project involves expansion of piped and nonpiped water facilities such as deep tube wells connected to piped water supply systems. The local Department of Public Health Engineering will oversee the project, which will be implemented in partnership with the beneficiary communities, local governments, nongovernmental organizations and private entrepreneurs.
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