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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.

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 is what matters!

Hundreds of thousand people of Pakistan remain in constant danger of being suddenly hit by floods. In the past, their lands have been inundated, their homes washed away and those affected being forced to move away into an uncertain future. What could be worse than this unmitigated disaster? And yet one is forced to think: could this catastrophe have been avoided?

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.

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.

New building for US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water inaugurated

KARACHI: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Jerry Bisson and Deputy Mission Director Denise Herbol on Thursday inaugurated a new building and research center at Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET), Jamshoro.

The facility was constructed with the support of the U.S. government under the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) project.

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.

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