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Water Quality

Water Governance: Institutional alternatives and development cooperation

The recent policy of Trump administration of pulling the United States (US) out of Paris accord is the perfect example of how much we are concerned with the well-being of our planet. As our world is facing a momentous issue of global warming and water scarcity, our focus from the issue is diverting to other less important, rather political concerns. Environmental politics, especially related to water, is an increasing concern of the modern world. World Economic Forum has also identified water crisis as the highest impact risk facing the world.

When scarcity strikes

Water is a basic necessity of life. Since access to water has been recognized as a human right, the obligation to provide clean and safe drinking water across the globe has fallen on various government agencies.

However, over one billion people across the globe do not have access to basic water supplies. Nearly half of the developing world’s population suffers from an assortment of diseases because water supply remains contaminated.

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.

Senate body concerned over food security, water scarcity

Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change on Thursday expressed serious concern over the threat to food security and scarcity of water in the future from impacts of global warming. The committee was met under the chairmanship of Senator Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, while Senator Sitara Ayaz, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Nuzhat Sadiq, Saleem Zia, Samina Abid and Mushahid Hussaain Syed also attended the committee.

Pakistan eyes 2018 start for China-funded Diamer-Bhasha dam

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expects China to fund a long-delayed Indus river mega dam project in Gilgit-Baltistan with work beginning next year, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said in an interview.

Pakistan has been keen for years to build a cascade of mega dams along the Indus flowing down from the Himalayas, but has struggled to raise money from international institutions amid opposition from its nuclear-armed neighbor India.

Water ATM machines to be installed in Punjab

In a historical collaboration between the Information Technology University Lahore and University of Colorado (US), ATM water machines will be set up all across Punjab in order to provide the locals with clean drinking water.

According to reports the whole project will cost around 374,599 US dollars. The project will be undertaken under the Pakistan United States Science and Technology Cooperation program.

Nestle Pakistan, stakeholders working on water conservation

KARACHI: Nestle Pakistan is working with agriculture experts, government and local farmers to find ways to replace flood irrigation with drip irrigation, which could lead to water conservation in the range of 40 to 60 percent.

“Since agriculture accounts for over 90 percent of fresh water consumption in Pakistan, with nearly 50 percent wasted due to poor irrigation practices, it is important we work with farmers on curtailing water wastage,” a Nestle spokesperson told newsmen during a visit of its facilities and milk supply chain in Punjab.

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.

Over 350,000 get safe drinking water in South Punjab villages

As many as 116 state-of-the-art water filtration plants have been installed in Lodhran, Hasilpur, Dunyapur, Khanpur and Minchinabad in Bahawalpur Region under Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Pani Program. These filtration plants are providing safe drinking water to more than 350,000 local residents.

These water filtration plants have been installed by Punjab Saaf Pani Company – South (PSPC-South) at easy-to-access places in villages of the above mentioned tehsils for the benefit of the local communities.

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