Department of Public Health Engineering (Bangladesh)
The Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) is the national lead agency for provision of drinking water supply and waste management in the country excepting Dhaka, Narayanganj and Chittagong cities where WASAs operate.
With the challenges generate by the discovery of arsenic in incremental areas since its first detection in 1993, DPHE with its development partners is trying to ameliorate the sufferings caused by the lack of safe water. Alternative options for safe water supply are being catered in worse affected areas.
Similarly for excreta and other waste management DPHE is implementing different projects to achieve an improvement environment.
DPHE was established in 1936.
Mandate of DPHE
DPHE is responsible exclusive for water supply and sanitation facilities throughout the country excluding Dhaka & Chittagong cities and Narayanganj and Kadamrasul Pourashavas where WASAs operate.
Provide advisory service to GoB in framing policy and action plans for WSS
Provide support to the local government institutions (LGIs) in the development and O&M of the water & sanitation facilities.
Improvement of standard of public health and ensuring improved environment.
Increasing the present coverage of safe drinking water in rural areas by lowering the average number of users per tube-well from the present 105 to 50 in the near future.
Ensuring the installation of one sanitary latrine in each household in the rural areas and improving public health standard through inculcating the habit of proper use of sanitary latrines.
Making safe drinking water available to each household in the urban areas.
Ensuring sanitary latrine within easy access of every urban household through technology options ranging from pit latrines to water borne sewerage.
Installing public latrines in schools, bus stations and important public places and community latrines in densely populated poor communities without sufficient space for individual household latrines.
Ensuring supply of quality water through observance of accepted quality standards.
Removal of arsenic from drinking water and supply of arsenic free water from alternate sources in arsenic affected areas.
Taking measures in urban areas for removal of solid and liquid wastes and their use in various purposes. Ensuring the use of wastes for the production of organic fertilizer (compost) in the rural areas.See more