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Red Crescent brings clean water to villagers’ doorsteps in Pakistan

For Gul Bibi and the other residents of Chittabatta and Gulhatra Villages in Mansehra District, clean water has always been a luxury. All her life, Gul Bibi had to walk for hours to reach the mountain top spring far from her village, just to get a pitcher of drinking water. Now, she gazes contentedly at the many containers sitting in her courtyard, filled with clean water. The rehabilitation of two water supply schemes, has meant that about 2,800 people in these villages now receive clean water at their doorsteps.

Malnutrition, Water intake Survey in the Offing

Islamabad - The government is going to launch a huge survey soon to measure malnutrition and intake of water throughout Pakistan.

Dr Baseer Khan Achakzai, Director Nutrition/National Programme Manager-Ministry of National Health Services, speaking at a conference yesterday said food insecurity remains the biggest factor to malnutrition but issues like water, sanitation and education play a big role in promoting malnutrition as well.

FPCCI Concerned Over Depleting Water Resources

The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Wednesday expressed serious concerns over the depletion and wastage of water resources. The organization called for a proper water conservation and management strategy before water scarcity becomes a national security threat.

Industrialised nations in Europe have water storage capacity of 90 days but Pakistan, which is an agricultural country, has storage capacity of 30 days which must be increased to one thousand days, said FPCCI President Abdul Rauf Alam.

Climate Change Experts Urge Pakistan to Come Up with Water Management Policy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan needs to formulate and implement a management policy for its water resources, which would soon be surpassing value of petroleum, says Prof Patrick Shea, former director of the US Bureau of Land Management.

In his lecture on “Relevance of Environmental Laws to Coping Climate Change” at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Tuesday, Shea said that establishing an institutional framework to handle the challenge had become all the more important, as Pakistan was turning from a water surplus to a water scarce country.

Pakistan’s Water Worries!

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been quoted in the press saying that by 2018, Pakistan would have enough electricity generating capacity to dispense with power outages. He is probably right. This would be the consequence of the attention his government has given to increase the supply of electric power. All sources of producing electricity are being tapped. There are schemes under implementation to make use of the country’s significant hydro-power potential. Coal-based power plants are under construction mostly with Chinese help.

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