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Nestle Pakistan, stakeholders working on water conservation

KARACHI: Nestle Pakistan is working with agriculture experts, government and local farmers to find ways to replace flood irrigation with drip irrigation, which could lead to water conservation in the range of 40 to 60 percent.

“Since agriculture accounts for over 90 percent of fresh water consumption in Pakistan, with nearly 50 percent wasted due to poor irrigation practices, it is important we work with farmers on curtailing water wastage,” a Nestle spokesperson told newsmen during a visit of its facilities and milk supply chain in Punjab.

Steps to water sustainability

Equality and equity in the distribution of safe water is a basic human right every state needs to protect. There are an estimated 16 million Pakistanis who don’t have access to clean drinking water. The country was also recently declared ‘water scarce’ to which the government has yet to take any substantive measures for conservation or sustainability. High levels of wastage and irresponsible consumption indicate the general public isn’t too bothered about this either.

Over 350,000 get safe drinking water in South Punjab villages

As many as 116 state-of-the-art water filtration plants have been installed in Lodhran, Hasilpur, Dunyapur, Khanpur and Minchinabad in Bahawalpur Region under Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Pani Program. These filtration plants are providing safe drinking water to more than 350,000 local residents.

These water filtration plants have been installed by Punjab Saaf Pani Company – South (PSPC-South) at easy-to-access places in villages of the above mentioned tehsils for the benefit of the local communities.

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