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To facilitate one small step towards a more sustainable future for Bangladesh, a rainwater harvesting system was installed at Baluakandi Dr. Abdul Gaffar High School and College in Munshiganj. The system is designed to serve 1200 students and staffs of the school during rainy season. The program was supported by San Francisco Art Institute, USA. Integration of enhanced knowledge of water, environment, sanitation, energy and sustainability was the prime objective. Workshop on necessity of rainwater harvesting for all the students and teachers was a part of the whole program.

 

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Guests at inaguration of RWHS at BUET

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Dr Islam and Dr Rahman unveils the foundation

stone of RWHS at BUET

 

Towards promoting urban rainwater harvesting for reuse as well as recharging the groundwater, BUET has been installed a Rain Water Harvesting System (RWHS) in its premises with support from WaterAid in Bangladesh.

The RWHS has been inaugurated on 25 February 2012 in the presence of Professor Dr M Habibur Rahman, Honourable Pro-Vice chancellor of BUET, Professor Dr Md Mafizur Rahman, Centre Director, ITN-BUET and Dr Md Khairul Islam, Country Representative, WaterAid in Bangladesh.

Existing Auditorium building and cafeteria rooftops are considered as catchment of RWHS. The captured rainwater will be used for flushing toilets from storage tank and rest of the rainwater will be used for recharging. It is expected that RWHSs will be used for academicians and researchers of BUET and other institutions.

It is expected that the extended use of rainwater will lessen the burden of over-extracting groundwater and recharge will contribute to reduce the declination of groundwater table. The programme has been concluded with the presence of BUET faculty members, students, sector actors, members of RAiN Forum and WA's personnel.