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Photo Of The Day: A Polluted River In Dhaka, Bangladesh

Protect the environment to ensure safe and clean water.

BY Derrick Tan | Mar 22, 2018 | Culture

Photo by Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Today's Photo of the Day delves into the impact of pollution on the ecosystem. It's not going to look picturesque like a beach covered in snow.

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, workers are making a small channel in the dry branch river of Buriganga river that's filled with both toxic and organic wastes. 

The Buriganga river has racked up on pollution over the years from haphazard discharge of both untreated industrial and household waste. It has been reported that 78 percent of the city's water demand is met from below the ground, as most of the surface water is contaminated.

World Water Day, yearly on 22 March, focuses on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’—exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

Polluted lands affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, about 2.1 billion people live without access to safe drinking water at home; affecting their health and livelihoods.