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Type Journal Article - Journal of Bangladesh Institute of Planners ISSN
Title PRA: A Tool to Address WatSan Issues and Achieve the Standard In Low Income Settlements An empirical study on a Dhaka slum
Volume 6
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 73-85
URL http://bip.org.bd/SharingFiles/journal_book/20141019161905.pdf
Most of the slums in Dhaka lack in safe water supply and sanitation facilities. This study was
performed in a slum situated near Mohammadpur embankment known as Shopon’s slum.
Participatory rural appraisal method was used to collect information and analyze the WatSan
problems of the slum. It is built on low lying marsh land and stagnant water. Water supply is
illegally obtained from municipal connection and insanitary hanging latrines are used. According to
the analysis lack of property rights, financing, lack of space and low elevation are the main reasons
for water-sanitation problem of the slum. Resulting effects are inconvenience, long waiting time,
disease outbreak, water logging etc. After considering standards set by DPHE and slum dwellers
demand, a submerged septic tank system based sanitation plan and a legal water supply with storage
tank and collection points for the community is proposed. PRA tools were proved to be helpful for
this purpose.

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