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Water Quality

Parks to tackle water shortage

Freshwater is diminishing the world over and Pakistan is amongst the top water-stressed countries. In 1951, the water availability per capita in the nation was 5,260 cubic metres/year and in 2010 it was only 1,038 cubic metres/year, according to a Water and Power Development Authority report. Residents in urban areas probably do not realise how precious freshwater is because they have enough available for cooking and cleaning. But globally, there are about one billion people who do not have access to clean drinking water.

Denmark to help Pakistan in energy, dairy and water solutions

Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan Ole Thonke has said that Denmark will provide support to Pakistan not only in energy generation but also for policy reforms, safety enhancements and load and grid management.

The foreign dignitary made this announcement during an agreement signing ceremony between the global industry leader, Ramboll of Denmark, and its Pakistani partner ELAN.

80 percent Pakistanis drink unsafe water, Senate informed!

ISLAMABAD – The Senate, the upper house of the parliament, has been informed that over 80 percent Pakistanis drink contaminated water or what it should be called unsafe for health. As many as 24 water testing laboratories have been set up across the country to identify the chemicals carried by the drinking water.

Pakistan has improved in building resilience to water-related disasters: ADB

Asian Development Bank (ADB) says water security in Asia and Pacific has progressed overall in the past five years.

This has been stated in a new edition of the Asian Water Development Outlook 2016 released by ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Bambang Susantono in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday.

According to the report, there are still major challenges to address such as overexploited ground water, demand from rising populations, and climate variability.

Women across world spend 200m hours every day collecting water: Unicef

Women and girls across the world collectively spend about 200 million hours every day collecting water which is a “colossal waste” of their valuable time, the UN children’s agency has said of the activity which is a daily routine for millions of girls in India.

As World Water week began on Monday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) highlighted the opportunity cost from a lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women and girls who collectively spend as much as 200 million hours – or more than 22,800 years – every day collecting this vital resource.

PMD Warns of Flooding After India’s Water Release

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – The Pakistan Meteorological Department on Monday issued a warning about the chances of riverine flood in Pakistan as India is mulling to release rainwater from its main rivers in next few days.

The impetus for the flood is the significant increase, 25 % to be precise above average rain since the onset of the monsoon season.

Detailing about the likely flood, PMD Director-General Dr Ghulam Rasul told that normal to heavy showers are expected in the catchment areas near India from August 31 to September 1.

Pakistan moves int’l court against Indian water projects

LAHORE - Islamabad moved international court of arbitration against two hydropower projects being built by India in held Kashmir, said a top official of Ministry of Water & Power in an interaction with journalists at Wapda House yesterday.

The official, who wanted not to be named, said the decision to approach the court of arbitration had been taken on the recommendation of international lawyers hired to pursue Pakistan’s case on Kishanganga and Ratle Power projects.

Indian pumps depleting ground water in Pakistan

LAHORE - Massive extraction of groundwater for agriculture purposes by hundreds of thousands of subsidised tube-wells in India has put the underground water resources of Pakistan at risk.

Leading water experts believe the situation is dangerous for both the countries since no international law or mutual treaty between Pakistan and India specifically regulates the use of trans-boundary groundwater resources.

Australia helping Pakistan in water resource management

ISLAMABAD: Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson said that the Australian government will continue its assistance to Pakistan for the next four years to strengthen water, food and energy security.

Australia will invest A$11 million in Phase II of the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) which would focus on improving energy and water management in the Indus Basin. Phase II would build on Phase I - a A$4 million investment which helped strengthen the capacity of Pakistan officials to take an integrated approach to water resource management.

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