SINDH, Pakistan, 13 December 2011 – Tens of thousands of flood-affected children in Pakistan are being kept free of disease through the emergency provision of safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene lessons. But a lack of funding is putting in doubt future humanitarian assistance.
WaterAid is responding to a problem seen around the world: governments and charitable groups install water pumps, wells and other village water systems, but pay insufficient attention to keeping them running. Surveys show that between 30 and 40 percent of water points in rural Africa are out of commission. Many will never be repaired.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
In the bad old days, groups that installed water pumps swept in from outside, planned their project with very little input from local villages, did the work, took a lot of pictures and left.
Islamabad—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing $60 million in Star Hydro Power Limited to support the construction of a private hydro-power project in Pakistan and increase the country’s supply of renewable energy.
The 147 megawatt run-of-the-river power plant is the largest privately financed hydro-power development in Pakistan. Export-Import Bank of Korea, Asian Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank are also financing the $409 million project.
Water pollution, discharge of effluents and unsafe drinking water are factors among others that pose a threat to human wellbeing and Pakistan’s ecosystem. While some do not have water to drink, others waste it in vast quantities. Witness the women carrying water on their heads for miles in the scorching heat on one hand, and crops under flood irrigation and the cars of the rich being hosed down in the cities, on the other.
Pakistan, A Water-Scarce Country