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Current condition

 According to a report by The Water Gap (2018), 21,640,293 people in Pakistan do not have access to clean water close to home and Pakistan is ranked 9th in the list of countries with lowest access to clean water.

According to Dr Pervaiz Amir, Director of Pakistan Water Partnership, only 39 per cent of Pakistanis have access to safe drinking water in a country and that the rural areas face severe water issues. Baluchistan for instance is facing severe drought. In Quetta there is a shortage of 20 million gallons of water daily, according to Quetta Water and Sanitation Authority. Further, Karachi faces severe water crisis where 20 million residents regularly face water shortages. According to UNICEF Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), water-related diseases are costing the economy around Rs 300 million a day. The government should urgently invest in small and big dams and store the rain water during rainy reason.

The lack of safe water and sanitation is costing Pakistan greatly at Rs1.25 trillion — about Rs6,305 per capita. Rs1,390 per capita is being spent on water and sanitation which is about one per cent of GDP.

Promises

1.We will provide clean drinking to all Karachi residents and implement plan to solve Karachi water problems

2. We will aggressively improve waste management and resolve sanitation issues in Karachi through a component sharing model with public, private and community funding.

3. We will launch a special drive in the poorest districts to improve access to sanitation and clean drinking water.

Muhammad Tahir Anwar, Director General, Federal Water Management Cell, talks about the focus of government to provide potable water.

We will launch a special drive in the poorest districts to improve access to sanitation and clean drinking water.

8 November 2018

The government is planning to set up an autonomous water authority for the provision of clean drinking water in Punjab. The water authority is to install water filtration plants in all 36 districts of Punjab (Adnan, The Express Tribune, 8 November 2018).

12 November 2018

Safe Water Initiative “PAANI” taken by the PTI government will enable access to clean drinking water for over 750,000 people across Pakistan. This initiative is brought in collaboration with CCI, sixth biggest bottler of The Coca-Cola Company, with social organizations such as WWF to set up water filtration plants to provide drinkable water. These plants have an individual capacity of producing over 2,000 liters of clean drinkable water per hour, each serving a community of over 20,000 people per day. The plants have technologies such as osmosis and ultrafiltration, both of which help in the production of potable water.

17 November 2018

Naseerabad Deputy Commissioner Qurban Ali Magsi ordered the Public Health Engineering Department to make immediate arrangements for the provision of clean water to the people of the area. He was on inspection of ponds storing drinking water, filter plants’ points and main pipelines. He expressed concern about the unhygienic condition of the ponds.

9 January 2019

The irrigation department has agreed to provide 100 cusecs to the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) from the Bambawala-Ravi-Bedian (BRB) Canal’s Batapur point. Wasa has planned to install a big water treatment plant near the canal. The plant would purify the water and provide it to the citizens of Lahore through underground pipes.

4 February 2019

The Punjab provincial government has prepared a policy draft to reduce disease and mortality caused by water-borne diseases, through the provision of and potable water for the citizens. The policy focuses equitable access to water and aims at addressing all kinds of disparities in accessing safe drinking water.

11 February 2019

Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa), Punjab Irrigation Department has agreed to remodel BRB Canal. Under this project, Wasa will initially construct three waste water treatment plants and one surface water treatment plant in Lahore. They will be constructed at Mehmood Booti, Shadbagh and Shahdara areas, which will treat almost 40 percent waste water.

22 March 2019

The Procter and Gamble (P&G) Pakistan has announced ‘Paak Saaf Pakistan’ initiative in support of Prime Minister’s ‘Clean Green Pakistan’ Movement. The company will provide 50 million liters of clean drinking water, helping an estimated 250,000 people in need via its Children Safe Drinking Water programme and will create cleanliness and hand-washing awareness amongst 5 million children.

29 March 2019

The Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) is planning to set up model rain harvesting wells for mosques and private houses to overcome water shortage in Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) Chairman Arif Abbasi said that they will install two rain harvesting wells at the Wasa offices and a small mosque in Liaquat Bagh to encourage the citizens to adopt the practice on their premises. He said that RDA wanted to make it compulsory for private houses to install rain harvesting wells and in this regard its board would approve a policy next month.

30 March 2019

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will support the Punjab government in a project for improvement in the water supply system in Faisalabad city. The objective is to upgrade the water supply system through renewal of the Original Jhal Khanuana Water Treatment Plant and rehabilitation of the water distribution network.

We will provide clean drinking to all Karachi residents and implement plan to solve Karachi water problems

30 March 2019

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced a Rs162 billion development package for Karachi.  Karachi bulk water supply scheme known as K-IV with the partnership of Sindh government, and installation of River Osmosis (RO plants) have also been included in the package. A state-of-art water institute will be established for research on supply, conversation and management of water in the city.