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The Perils of Denial: Challenges for a Water-Secure Pakistan

Pakistan is South Asia’s fifth most vulnerable country in terms of water availability, and Karachi is the sixth most water-stressed city in the world. Predictions indicate that the country will face absolute water scarcity (insufficient water supply to meet demand) as soon as 2025. While population and demand for water steadily increase, freshwater quantity and quality are decreasing.

Eight brands of bottled water unsafe: PCRWR

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) in its quarterly monitoring of bottled/mineral water brands declared eight brands of drinking water bottles unsafe for consumption.

According to April-June report of the council, eight brands included Fresh life, Al-Shalal, Aqua Gen, Vey, Smart Mineral Water, Al-Sahar, Douro and Do Aab Water.

The water of these brands was found to be unsafe due to microbiological contamination which may cause cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis, typhoid, etc, said a news release issued here on Thursday.

Water Environment Security

Water environment security of Pakistan will be a pipe dream if it remains within the four walls of air-conditioned offices and five star conference halls, with power point presentations and glossy reports by the well meaning institutions and dedicated professionals.

Water is what matters!

Hundreds of thousand people of Pakistan remain in constant danger of being suddenly hit by floods. In the past, their lands have been inundated, their homes washed away and those affected being forced to move away into an uncertain future. What could be worse than this unmitigated disaster? And yet one is forced to think: could this catastrophe have been avoided?

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