Source of Drinking water in Bangladesh : 2015

Bangladesh Sample Vital Statistics 2015 study results show that in rural area, use of tube -well as a source of drinking water is almost universal (93.7%) with an overall average use of 85.0 percent. In contrast, 72.9 percent of the
urban households have access to this source. Comparison of this figure with the previous year‘s figure shows

that use of tape water in urban area has substantially increased over the last one year: from 59.4 percent in 2014
to 72.9 percent in 2015. Our investigation reveals that overall tube well water use has declined by 2.5 percent
over the last one year.


Sources of drinking water Total Rural Urban
Tap 12.8 3.7 26.2
Tube-well 85 93.3 72.9
Well 0.6 0.9 0.1
Pond/ditch 1 1.5 0.3
River/canal 0.2 0.2 0.2
Rain water 0.4 0.5 0.4


The tap water users account for a little more than 26 percent in the urban area and only 3.7 percent in the rural
area. The corresponding use rates in 2014 were 39.7 percent and 1.7 percent. At the divisional level, tube-well
use varies from 74.6 percent in Dhaka division to 97.2 percent in Rangpur division. The corresponding use rates
in these two divisions were 78.6 percent and 98.6 percent respectivelyin 2014. Other sources of drinking water
are well, pond or ditch, river, canal and rain water that together comprise 2.2 percent of the total use. The
Education Household Survey, 2014 reports an overall use of 83 percent with 91.5 percent in rural area and 56.3
percent in urban area. The level of use of tap water in EHS, 2014 agrees quite well with the SVRS 201 5

Source : Bangladesh Sample Vital Statistics 2015

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