Article courtesy of Jan Khaskeli | January 12th, 2017 | International: The News Magazine | Shared as educational material. Increased salinity and contamination around Manchar Lake in Pakistan have left the once thriving community destitute, forcing people to relocate and rendering once arable land infertile. The water table is also dropping, perhaps from unchecked boring, […]
The Lahore canal, which runs through Pakistan’s cultural capital, has been dubbed ‘killer canal’ because of its polluted waters, and though the government has promised a clean-up people remain skeptical.
Pakistan is becoming bone dry, according to The Express Tribune, which says that by 2040 it could be South Asia’s most water-stressed country, a victim of “climate change coupled with rapid urbanization and population growth.” As the region suffers under a widespread drought, underground cartels have an illegal stranglehold on nature’s most precious resource.
The EPA survey found the value of sulphide in Rawal Lake to be four times the standard limit. This lake is an artificial reservoir that provides the water needs of the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad
President Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry Shah Faisal Afridi has suggested that by following Chinese rooftop farming technology of “Aquaponics”, Pakistan can overcome food shortage, water crises, excessive use of pesticides and expensive fertilizers.
“Estimates indicate at least one quarter of Pakistanis do not have safe and reliable access to clean drinking water,” Steven Burian, University of Utah associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. He said the project, announced Wednesday in Pakistan, will help in many ways, beyond providing sustainable, clean water.
Annually, 250 million people face water-related healthcare issues all over the world and amongst them, 20 million succumb to their illnesses. Pakistan ranks at number 80 among 122 nations in the index of provision of hygienic drinking water – which means 44% of Pakistani people have no access to clean, usable water resources.
Karachi is a water insecure mega-city; that is hardly a revelation to anyone living there. With water shortage returning to the city the past few weeks, it appears that the city government has done little to redress what is essentially a structural problem.
Punjab province is set to launch an innovation for water-short Pakistan: Solar-powered ATMs that dispense clean water when a smart card is scanned. The two-foot-square prototype machine looks and functions like an ATM, but dispenses water instead of cash. Users are issued a card they can use to claim a daily share of water.
Major parts of Karachi, Pakistan, are facing acute water shortage on one count to another. Poor distribution and short supply of water including disrupting supply of water on account of power load shedding by Karachi Electric (KE) has manifold the miseries of dwellers asking for water.
Pakistan is not the only country suffering severe and chronic water-scarcity crises in South Asia. Bangladesh has more available water per person than India or Pakistan but lacks the infrastructure to store and redistribute the monsoon season’s rains. But worst of all is the contamination of Bangladesh’s groundwater by arsenic.
In Pakistan, the situation is already dire in some areas with a new study revealing that 80 % of water resources in the country’s southern Tharparkar district are unfit for people to drink.