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Pakistan: Water everywhere, but not a (safe) drop to drink

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Via ReliefWeb, a report from the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development: Water everywhere, but not a (safe) drop to drink. Excerpt:

Months after the heaviest monsoon rains for over 100 years fell on southern Pakistan, the flood water is still not receding – leaving the rural populations in dire need of access to safe drinking water and appropriate sanitation.

World | Pakistan Dead fish in Pakistan lake raise fears over drinking water

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Karachi Some unknown poisonous element Wednesday killed thousands of fish and other species at the Kenjhar Lake, one of the largest freshwater sources that supplies 70 per cent of drinking water to Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan.

The onslaught of fish, cows, and dogs which drank the water, was seen early yesterday morning. Even the seashells, which are found in the bed of the lake died and lifelessly floated on the lake surface and the shore, wildlife official and witnesses said.

Ensuring water filtration

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FOLLOWING a joint study by the UNDP and the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) which found the sub-soil drinking water in southern Punjab to be of alarmingly poor quality, Sheikh Zayed financed the installation of 15 reverse osmosis water filtration plants in the region, each costing around Rs20 million.

Urban trends: Washing the car without water

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“Many people do not believe that a car can be properly cleaned without using water. I keep my car dirty to show people who are reluctant about the products being applied to their cars for the first time,” says Muhammad Anas.

“I give demonstrations to convince car owners that it’s possible to clean their car without using water. I think this business is also about changing mindsets,” said Anas who owns a waterless car wash in Defence Housing Authority.

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