Water is the major necessity of all forms of lives either they are human beings, animal species or plant species. Availability of water is not only the major issue but accessibility to good quality drinking water is also the major concern in today’s world. Bernard Frank, an American forester and wilderness activist quoted:
“You could write the story of man's growth in terms of his epic concerns with water”
This displays that how much a man is concerned about its water resources. A man can be successful if has a sense of responsibility for its water resources. It is the duty of the citizens as well as the government to safeguard the water resources of any state and maintain their purity and adequacy. Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan is famous for its good hygienic conditions and provision of good quality water. In my pursuit to analyze the water supply quality and availability, I visited the filtration plants of Islamabad installed by CDA. My visit to CDA water filtration plants and the survey has unbolted many shadowy truths which many of us are unaware of.
First of all allow me to throw a light on the hygienic conditions of the filter plants. I witnessed an extremely shocking and disappointing situation during my visit. There was trash scattered here and there; wrappers, empty bottles, plastic bags and fruit peels could be seen around the filtration plants. Filter plants seemed to be the habitat for the flies and tiny insects. Mud and water covered the floor of the plants. The taps were covered with algae and fungus; also most of the taps were broken. The entire physical situation gave a very grubby first impression of the filter plants.
Then I inquired some of the public visiting the filtration plants about the physical conditions of the plants and the quality of filtered water. Expectedly, most of them were unsatisfied from both of these aspects. Some of the people complained about the unhygienic conditions while others were demanding for timely replacement of the filters installed. The public was seemingly aware of all the circumstances but regardless of all these problems, they were still consuming water from these delicate filtration plants. When questioned about reporting to concerned authorities, the same stereotype answer came that the authorities responsible are quite unconcerned about the whole situation and they do not respond to any complaints from the citizens. On the other hand in my opinion the problem is not only with the authorities but also with the local people. Neither of them pays attention to this devastating issue. If the filter plants are installed then its maintenance shall be guaranteed and regular monitoring shall be the utmost duty of the organization. The people who are obtaining water from the filters are also equally responsible for their cleanliness and up keeping.
My visit to these filter plants created complexities in my mind that how these water related problems can be solved. The more you look into health and health problems, the more you realize that a lot of these are not only due to a particular disease rather these are really linked to underlying societal issues such as poverty, inequity and lack of access to safe drinking water. All of these issues need our attention.
We as a nation have to, cooperatively take a firm stand for the maintenance of the water filtration plants so that safe drinking water is available to both rich and poor on equal footings.
Water is a blessing but if it is not being polluted because of our negligence and unwise use. The need of the hour is that such strategies and procedures should be adopted that will make available clean drinking water for all living beings and which shall also ensure its conservation for upcoming generations. An old country proverb says that you don't miss your water until your well runs dry. So we shall protect and maintain our water assets.