Groundwater Relief has been working in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh since November 2017. Five hydrogeologists have been embedded with Medecins Sans Frontieres Holland (MSF-OCA), on 2 month rotations supporting the drilling of multiple wells in the Kutupalong Mega camp. Many improvements in well installation and groundwater development have been implemented over this time in collaboration with MSF-OCA engineers.
Groundwater Relief has also investigated groundwater resources availability at Leda refugee camp in the southern part of the Cox's Bazaar peninsular on behalf of the International Organisation for Migration. Findings from a Pilot Drilling Programme, carried out in Leda, can be viewed here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2
As part of the work an online GIS map was developed to bring together field based information collected: https://arcg.is/1y850P
Currently Groundwater Relief is working with the IOM and Dhaka University with further support from the Department for Public Health Engineering (DPHE) and the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) to develop a regional groundwater monitoring programme in the Cox's Bazaar Peninsular and to develop the first groundwater model of the aquifers underlying the Kutupalong Mega Camp. This model will be used to support the sustainable management of the groundwater resources in the District.