Water Security and Humanitarian Crisis


Advisian determined how to provide clean drinking water to refugees in the Teknaf Peninsula in Bangladesh with geotechnical analysis.

Water Security and Humanitarian Crises

Geotechnical analysis allowed Advisian to evaluate the geology of the Teknaf Peninsula and determine the location and characteristics of aquifers.
After discovering local aquifers were smaller and more discreet than in other areas of Bangladesh, Advisian advised the United Nation to dig deeper water wells.



When nearly 750,000 Rohingya refugees fled human rights abuses in 2017 and arrived in the Teknaf Peninsula of Bangladesh from a neighboring country, they faced a new threat to their well-being. Since the dry season in this area of Bangladesh is five months long, shallow boreholes had to be dug to provide water, but 80% of them became contaminated by overflowing latrines. To ensure the availability of clean drinking water and improve conditions for the refugees, U.S.-based engineering consultant Advisian undertook a geotechnical analysis of the area. They found that the local aquifers were smaller and more discreet than in the rest of Bangladesh. As a result the United Nations had to adjust its strategy and dig a smaller number of deeper and more productive water wells, enabling the UN to provide vital humanitarian aid to the refugees, while reducing the environmental impact of excavating the wells.

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Key Project Details


• Project: Water Security and Humanitarian Crisis

• Infrastructure Delivered: Clean, reliable water wells for refugee camps

• Owner: The United Nations

• Lead Engineers: Advisian

• Completion Date: 2019

The Impact

Contributing to sustainable and resilient infrastructure, and to progress on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals:

• Expand reservoirs to nearly 750,000 Rohingya refugees to ensure access to clean water.

• Prevent water wells from going dry or becoming contaminated during drought periods.

U.N. Sustainable Development Goals 6, 13