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Pakistan

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.

Nearly 100 villages flooded in Sialkot, Zafarwal after India release water

SIALKOT (Dunya News) – Nearly a hundred villages in Zafarwal and Sialkot region are water-logged after India lifted gates to flood Nullah Dek leading to rising water-level in River Chenab, reported Monday.

Land connection to around 50 villages in Bijwat area is suspended while several rural localities in Zafarwal are inundated. Crops grown on hundreds of acres of land have been spoiled while a dyke was breached in Mozah Mangwal.

12 Int’l COs to complete water projects in 35 tehsils!

Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Pani Programme

Lahore—About 12 global-acclaimed companies having experience of implementing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects, after fulfilling stringent criterion laid down by Punjab Saaf Pani Company (PSPC), have pre-qualified to execute Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Pani Programme in the first phase in rural areas of 35 tehsils of 10 districts of the province.

Report on safe drinking water highlights complex issues

Curious case of water quality in twin cities

Islamabad—Despite a large number of water filtration plants installed at various points, water quality in the twin cities remains a big issue. Its quality and unchecked supply continue to pose challenges to the Water And Sanitation Agency (WASA) in Rawalpindi as well as CDA’s Water Directorate in the federal capital. According to a report launched here Wednesday, out of 120 water filtration plants in Pindi, 11 are supplying water which is unsafe for consumption.

Islamabad willing to go for water treaty with Kabul

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Water and Power (MoWP) has expressed its willingness to sign a water treaty with Afghanistan.“We have held many brainstorming sessions at the ministry on this particular issue after receiving credible reports about Afghanistan’s plans to build dams on Kabul River.

Some of Pakistan’s ambassadors appointed in various capitals have taken up this issue with the officials of the ministry and sometimes the Foreign Office also agitated this issue,” a top official of the ministry told The News.

PSQCA reveales 13 brands selling unsafe drinking water

Islamabad—Comparison of analytical findings with permissible limits of Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) has revealed that 13 brands including Aquwa Plus, New Nation, Osam, Well care, Royal Oasis, Blue Plus, Livon, Al- Habib, Aqua National, Nation, Naimat, Siiz Cool, Royal Blue) were found to be unsafe due to chemical contamination.

Experts suggest proper chlorination of water

Medical experts have demanded for proper chlorination of water as Karachi fears more cases of naegaleria floweri due to lack of proper chlorination of potable water being supplied by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB).

As per a recent survey, 40per cent water samples collected from different parts of Karachi were not properly chlorinated which increased chances of fatal disease of naegaleria floweri. However, the citizens could make water of their underground tanks safer with simple methods like the use of household bleach, commonly used for cloth washing.

Pakistan to take water dispute to court

Pakistan has decided to return to an international tribunal to settle a dispute with India over sharing waters of the Kishenganga and Ratle rivers. Pakistan's latest decision to go to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), The Hague, was made public after talks between officials of both sides in Delhi failed to make progress, according to The Hindu newspaper.

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