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Water desalination plant to be set up in Gawadar city: Ahsan Iqbal

BEIJING: Federal Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal has said that a water desalination plant would be constructed to provide five million gallons of water per day to the residents of Gawadar city.

“An approval to this important project will be accorded during the next meeting of Joint Coordination Committee,” he told APP in an interview.

'Cycle gang' takes to streets on Climate Diplomacy Day

Diplomats from European Union, wildlife conservationists and environment activists cycled in Islamabad on Sunday to raise awareness for climate change after experts warned Pakistan could face massive droughts in the near future.

The event which marked the Climate Diplomacy Day was organised by the European Union and WWF-Pakistan to raise awareness for the harmful effects of greenhouse emissions by promoting eco-friendly modes of transportation.

Pakistan could face mass droughts by 2025 as water level nears 'absolute scarcity'

Pakistan could face drought in the near future according to experts in the country, who have warned the country will approach the “absolute scarcity” level of water by 2025, reported by Independent.

The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) made the grim forecast in a new report which claimed the country touched the “water stress line” in 1990 before crossing the “water scarcity line” in 2005.

Key dam’s construction again delayed due to lack of finances

Diamer-Bhasha Dam may not be completed in next 10 years due to delay

Federal Minister for Water Syed Javed Ali Shah on Thursday dropped a bombshell in the National Assembly by informing the House that construction of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam could not be started as yet due to non-arrangement of finances and the dam won’t be completed in the next 10 years due to the delay.

Sperm whales sighted in Pakistan waters for first time: WWF

KARACHI: Fishermen in Pakistan have sighted Sperm whale while navigating about 22 km South of Gunz, near Jiwani which experts believe has never been reported live from Pakistani waters.

This is the first time that a pair of sperm whales has been sighted in Pakistan water, claims WWF Pakistan.

In a press release issued here on Tuesday, WWF says while looking at the animals, fisherman became very curious and immediately followed them. Eventually, the whales turned out to be a pair of sperm whales which had never been reported live from Pakistani waters.

Sperm whales sighted in Pakistan waters for first time: WWF

KARACHI: Fishermen in Pakistan have sighted Sperm whale while navigating about 22 km South of Gunz, near Jiwani which experts believe has never been reported live from Pakistani waters.

This is the first time that a pair of sperm whales has been sighted in Pakistan water, claims WWF Pakistan.

In a press release issued here on Tuesday, WWF says while looking at the animals, fisherman became very curious and immediately followed them. Eventually, the whales turned out to be a pair of sperm whales which had never been reported live from Pakistani waters.

Pakistan’s looming water crisis

In 1947 Pakistan was affluent in water. It had 5,000 cubic meters per capita renewable water that is now down to 1,000 cubic meters per capita Population boom, is a major contributing factor. But there are others. Out dated irrigation system being one. In a country where 90pc of water in used in irrigation of crops using maximum water are two other reasons. Sugar cane, rice and wheat all use extensive water.

No water

A recent study has shown a map highlighting areas of likely contamination based on water quality data from nearly 1,200 groundwater pumps tested from 2013 to 2015. The study determined that some 88 million people were living in high-risk areas.

Given that about 60-70 per cent of the population relies on groundwater, roughly 50 million maybe even 60 million could be potentially affected. This is an alarmingly high number and demonstrates the urgent need to test all drinking water wells in the Indus Plain.

The Perils of Denial: Challenges for a Water-Secure Pakistan

Pakistan is South Asia’s fifth most vulnerable country in terms of water availability, and Karachi is the sixth most water-stressed city in the world. Predictions indicate that the country will face absolute water scarcity (insufficient water supply to meet demand) as soon as 2025. While population and demand for water steadily increase, freshwater quantity and quality are decreasing.

Water under the bridge

About Rs25 billion worth of water is wasted every year. That’s what the Wapda chairman reportedly told the Public Accounts Committee earlier this week. That is an understatement. Only about 10 percent of the available 145 million acre feet (maf) of water can be stored in existing reservoirs – global average is around 40 percent. Thanks to insufficient storage capacity and systemic losses, the waste is huge.

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