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Running out of Time and Water

Pakistan has always been in the news for all the wrong reasons. For a country which is currently facing the brunt of several internal and external problems, Pakistan indeed has always been the most tumultuous part of the South Asian region. But these problems, which are very public in nature, have actually managed to cover perhaps the biggest threat the country is facing. Pakistan is sitting on a major water bomb and despite the warnings the country’s administration has easily neglected this problem, a problem which actually threatens the very existence of the country.

Pakistan Facing Acute Water Paucity

The World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have termed Pakistan as one of the most “water stressed” countries in the world, which is likely to face an acute water shortage over the next five years due to lack of water availability for irrigation, industry and human consumption.

Water supply in Pakistan fell from 5,000 cubic meters per capita to 1,000 cubic meters in 2010, and is likely to further reduce to 800 cubic meters per capita by 2020, WB’s reports states.

About Water Gateway

The Pakistan Water Gateway is intended to enhance access to information related to water resources and issues in Pakistan available on the World Wide Web. It is a pioneering web-based knowledge product archiving information on a range of such issues pertaining to Pakistan.

Essentially, the Pakistan Water Gateway is a reference repository for an evolving body of knowledge. It hopes to link national stakeholders - government, civil society, media, experts, donors and the general public - with their global counterparts, weaving a web of information and experience sharing.

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