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One dam a decade: The only way to water, power independence

LAHORE: Muzzamil Hussain, chairman Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA), during his first year in the office zoomed in on one thing only and that was bringing as many otherwise ‘dead’ projects back to life as possible. These projects, despite having great economic value for the country, were lying in limbo for years even after consuming billions of rupees.

Managing water resources

WATER resources are becoming increasingly defenceless the world over as a result of intensified demand arising from increasing population, the need for escalated food production, pollution due to various anthropogenic activities, mushrooming industrialisation and the impact of global warming.

Kalabagh Dam ‘critical’ in fight against water scarcity: WAPDA chairman

ISLAMABAD: Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Muzamil Hussain on Monday briefed a Senate body on the looming water crisis in the country, saying that the construction of the Kalabagh Dam was critical in the face of severe scarcity of water in the country.

FPCCI stresses for addressing water shortage issues

Islamabad: The Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Tuesday said vulnerability of the people to frequent water shortages should be properly addressed.

We are a nation which is dependent upon agriculture for our survival while the Indus River is our lifeline which merits the urgent attention of the authorities, it said. Water should be conserved and undue exploitation of water resources at the expense of the people and economy of the country should be stopped, said Atif Ikram Sheikh, chairman of FPCCI Regional Committee on Industries.

Eight brands of bottled water unsafe: PCRWR

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) in its quarterly monitoring of bottled/mineral water brands declared eight brands of drinking water bottles unsafe for consumption.

According to April-June report of the council, eight brands included Fresh life, Al-Shalal, Aqua Gen, Vey, Smart Mineral Water, Al-Sahar, Douro and Do Aab Water.

The water of these brands was found to be unsafe due to microbiological contamination which may cause cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis, typhoid, etc, said a news release issued here on Thursday.

Water Environment Security

Water environment security of Pakistan will be a pipe dream if it remains within the four walls of air-conditioned offices and five star conference halls, with power point presentations and glossy reports by the well meaning institutions and dedicated professionals.

Water-borne diseases on the rise in ICT

Islamabad: All public sector healthcare facilities operating in rural areas of Islamabad Capital Territory are receiving significant number of patients with water-borne diseases after the onset of hot and humid weather in the region however ICT Health Department claims that the situation is well under control at the time.

NCHR takes notice of contaminated water supply to Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) has taken notice of the shortage of water, the supply of contaminated water and the lack of a water policy for the federal capital.

The commission has also decided to call all stakeholders to find a long term solution for the shortage of water in the capital city.

Last week, the National Institute of Health (NIH) issued an advisory urging concerned authorities to take timely preventative measures to minimize the chances of disease outbreaks before monsoon.

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.

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