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September 24, 2010

Groundwater in flood-hit areas highly polluted: PCRWR


September 24, 2010

The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has expressed concern over deteriorating drinking water quality after the recent deluges, which have massively polluted underground water channels and sources.
The council is gearing up for a countrywide study of the drinking water sources with the cooperation of Unicef after its on-the-field teams are back from flood-hit areas, where they are busy in a critical job of disinfections and chlorination of water.
The PCRWR has the mandate to ensure provision of safe drinking water for which it keeps on conducting water quality analysis in urban as well as rural areas.
PCRWR Chairman Dr. Muhammad Aslam Tahir said so far their 25 teams had chlorinated 163 million liters of water, which otherwise would have cost around Rs490 million so far if bought from market.
During a chat with ‘The News’ here, he said that a collective effort was needed to ensure provision of safe drinking water to the citizens of Pakistan. He also underscored mass awareness about how vital safe drinking water was for a healthy mind and body.
However, he was happy the level of awareness among public on safe drinking water was no more static, as more and more people were now mindful of how important clean drinking water was. But insisted this awareness was mostly confined to urban areas.
The council had recently analysis of water samples taken from 32 filtration plants installed by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) across Islamabad. Nine of these were found to be supplying highly contaminated water and the premier civic body initially tried to politicise the matter but then gave in to the PCRWR’s mind-boggling findings, conceding its criminal negligence.
In reply to a question, the PCRWR chairman said their prime concern was to go all-out for making sure the water being consumed by people was safe.

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