Groundwater Supply in Cox's Bazar

Case studies

Groundwater Supply in Cox's Bazar

Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh 2019

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 2-4 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.

Since early 2019, Groundwater Relief, in partnership with Dhaka University, has been working on an International Organisation for Migration funded project to define the sustainability of groundwater resources within the District in order to support the Department for Public Health Engineering (DPHE) with providing sustained water supplies to both the Rohingya refugees and the host population.

The work has led to the remapping of the geology of the District; the development of the first regional groundwater model for the District; and the set up of a regional groundwater monitoring programme.

An online map showing data collected during this intervention is available here:

The new geological map of the district can be viewed here:

The technical report that outlines our conceptual understanding of the aquifer systems in Cox's Bazar can be viewed here: