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Managing water resources

WATER resources are becoming increasingly defenceless the world over as a result of intensified demand arising from increasing population, the need for escalated food production, pollution due to various anthropogenic activities, mushrooming industrialisation and the impact of global warming.

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.

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.

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.

Karachi under grip of water scarcity

KARACHI – Water scarcity dogged the economic capital as locals have been badly irked by problem intensified in the metropolis. The residents of Altaf Hussain Town have revealed that they don’t have access to water as water board is not in a mood to solve the matter. In addition, illegal connections have been taken from 48 inch main water pipe in Korangi cross.

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.

PCRWR declares 22 water brands not drinkable

Islamabad—Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) has revealed that in an analytical findings 22 brands of mineral water were found to be unsafe due to chemical or microbiological contamination.

These brands included Coral Water, HI-Fresh, New Nation, Pak Aqua, HFC, Total, NG Fresh Water, ECO, Al-Habib, Silver, ORION, Aqua Arabia, Well Care, Desert Dew, New Deep, Lite Aqua, Aqua Smart, Avalon Pure Water, New Smart Aqua, Mazan Pure, Royal Blue and Aqua National, said a press release issued here otherday.

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