Jul 8, 2016
By: Lucas Cala and Holly Ketterman
Bangladesh has a variety of challenges to face in its struggle to economically develop. As the 8th largest country in the world (approximately 172 Million) and an extremely large population living in extreme poverty (GDP per capita is $1086 v. U.S’s $54,630), this country faces quite the uphill battle., A few of the struggles that delay development include: drought, flooding, natural disasters, crop failure, limited clean drinking water due to brackish, heavy metal, and arsenic concentrated groundwater, industrial pollution that endanger the population’s health and environment, and unsustainable rapid urbanization.
Bangladesh, included in the top 50 poorest countries in the world, supports a promising textile industry that has the potential to lift many people out of extreme poverty. This same textile industry has the potential to irreversibly destroy the local environment and cause huge health care costs to society if the government doesn’t find a budget to effectively regulate the industry. The chemicals used, particularly in tanneries, in the manufacturing of textile products pose great risk to the environment. Tannery owners refuse to cover the cost to relocate produced water from their facilities. This produced water is therefore dumped into local rivers that run through the densely populated neighborhoods. The river’s food sources and bathing and drinking water are compromised through the pollution of these contaminants that change the river to a dark and murky color with a smell similar to diesel, according to residents. The health of the people who depend on their rivers for a great many activities are also put in jeopardy. Multiple chemical compounds, heavy metals, and harmful elements are found in this water which causes incessant diarrhea, jaundice, pallor skin as well as rashes, and hepatitis.
The chemicals in these blue containers at the tanneries is benzothiazole which is traditionally only used in a fume hood and is toxic by inhalation, in contact with the skin, and if swallowed.
IX Power Clean Water, Inc. and the IX Power Foundation would like to clean arsenic, heavy metals, and other dangerous toxins out of the drinking water used by villages, other small communities in Bangladesh, and other countries. Textile manufacturers also have the opportunity to treat their produced water through our IX Water OG industrial product.
We are currently proposing campaigns with Non-Government Organizations in Bangladesh that will begin with sending IX Water Blü treatment systems to the Southwest region of the country to provide clean drinking water to communities. The campaign will be funded through a “GoFundMe” page at https://www.gofundme.com/WaterForBangladesh. Our intention is to send a representative along with the water treatment system to Bangladesh. Our representative’s purpose will be to teach the community based organizations how to operate and maintain the machine so they can instruct local people how to use it.