Published On: Fri, Nov 3rd, 2017

Pakistan Wastes Water Worth 22 Billion Yearly

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Pakistan Wastes WaterThe water reservoirs of Pakistan are not enough to store abundant water. Pakistan wastes water worth $22 billion into the sea every year. It was informed by Chairman of Indus River System Authority (IRSA), Sher Zaman Khan.

He further informed the Senate Forum that the existing water crisis may continue and might turn more problematic. It could worsen food security condition as the country will not be able to produce major crops.

Furthermore, Khan said that, “If dams are not constructed on a war footing, in the near future Pakistan will not be able to produce major crops like wheat, rice, sugarcane, cotton and maize due to the acute water shortage.”

Moreover, it was also stated by the Chairman that in the Rabbi season (October-March). Water shortage for the irrational purpose may rise to 36%.

In addition, about 500,000 tonnes of silt deposits in the Terbela dam and the Mangla dam every day. He further added that “Because of this, our two major water reservoirs have already lost 12% of their storage capacity.”

The Senate Forum agreed unequivocally that there is a dire need to construct more dams especially the Kalabagh dam.

Furthermore, Chairman of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Dr Muhammad Ashraf emphasized on the point that a fully functional national water policy is missing.

He also added that, “Kalabagh dam can easily be completed in five years.” He also suggested an alternative for Kalabagh dam, Akhoori dam.

The lack of quality of drinking water was also discussed, Dr Muhammad Ashraf said, “The analyses of the water quality in major cities of Pakistan in 2015-16 are eye-opener and call for measures on a war footing to save as many lives as possible.”

The entire water availability has been estimated of 29.48 MAF – 24 MAF from river flows and about 7.8 MAF currently stored in two reservoirs. However, in October the rivers received 4.1 MAF water 17% less than anticipated 4.9 MAF.

Water management is a big issue in Pakistan as Pakistan wastes water in huge quantity. The factors behind the issue have been poor planning and non-construction of dams.

About the Author

- Junaid Ashraf has a Master of Philosophy degree in government and public policy. He has international publications through Taylor & Francis, a leading British publishing body. He regularly write columns for newspapers. His interests include international political economy, geopolitics and good governance. He writes for Asia Times.