Pakistan amongst top 17 thirsty countries: New reservoirs must to avert water scarcity

Karachi: Government should build new dams and water reservoirs on priority basis to save water for future needs, said speakers of an awareness walk here.

The walk was held from Zainab Market Saddar to Karachi Press Club on occasion of World Water Day 2015, jointly organized by the Consumers Eye Pakistan, Consumer Pakistan and Consumer Voice Pakistan.

At least 40 percent of Pakistanis do not have access to clean water. In rural areas the situation is worse with at least 90 per cent of the population not having access to clean water for drinking and cooking. Rain and ground water are increasingly beginning to seem like our main sources to quenching this ‘thirst problem’ of both the people and livestock throughout Pakistan.

There is urgent need of water reservoirs and dams to meet our future needs and government should build dams and water reservoirs on priority basis without going into any kind of politics and controversies, but to save water for future survival, said Chairman TCEP Umar Ghauri.

Water is singly the most important element to the world as a whole. World Water Day 2015 aims to increase people’s awareness on water’s importance in life. We must all, each and every single one of us, pay serious attention to safeguarding our water resources on every day of not only this year but all the years to come if life on earth is to be sustainable and it is absolutely essential that emergency priority be given to conserving dwindling freshwater resources in every possible way before it is too late, said Ghuari.

It is the lifeblood of the environment, essential to the survival of all living things whether it is a plant, an animal or humans.

Pakistan was once blessed with the bounties of fresh water but now, according to a World Bank report, it is among the top 17 thirsty countries of the world. Today, nearly one billion people in the developing world don’t have access to it. Yet, we take it for granted, we waste it, and we even pay too much to drink it from little plastic bottles.

Water is the foundation of life. And still today, all around the world, even in Pakistan Sindh Tharparker far too many people spend their entire day searching for it and suffering from water-borne diseases is limiting people’s true potential.

World Water Day is means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The United Nations’ (UN) World Water Day is held on March 22 each year since 1993 to increase people’s awareness of water’s importance in environment, agriculture, health and trade. Each year, The slogan for this year’s events, these take place all over the planet on this special day, is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’ provides an important opportunity to consolidate and build upon the previous World Water Days to highlight water’s role in the sustainable development agenda.

The destruction of the world’s waters will ultimately lead to the destruction of the planet because without the very source for life, life cannot sustain itself. Our water resources are of such a great importance because water itself is responsible for so many things in life that it would be absolutely impossible to continue on without it.

Water is something that everyone takes for granted. We turn on taps and automatically expect water to gush out with never a thought that one day the taps will, especially if the global population continues to waste it at an alarming rate, run dry and then where will we all be?.

The government should build dams and water reservoirs to save water for our future needs. Now we have to believe that wars of the future will be fought over water and we are very near too, said Ghauri.

Aqib Shahid Vice President of Consumer Pakistan said that water is a powerful resource that we cannot afford to live without, so we must do everything possible to maintain its quality and the life inside it for today and the future. It creates, sustains and has the ability to take life. Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. But in some parts of Pakistan and especially in Punjab the ground water is contaminated naturally with arsenic and fluoride.

Rasim Khan President Consumer Voice Pakistan said that World Water Day is an annual occasion for celebration and solidarity within the international community. Pakistan’s ‘Water at Risk’, as the per capita availability of water was 5,000 cubic meters per annum which was reduced to 1,100 cubic meters per annum in 2008 and 2015 has brought an even further reduction. And it is not just the quantity of our water supply that is dwindling; the quality has greatly deteriorated as well.

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