Consultants have warned that Pakistan could face a extreme water disaster if measures aren’t taken in a well timed style, Geo Information reported Sunday.
Per the report, water shortage within the nation has set alarm bells ringing after rivers have dried up on account of low rainfall, whereas India additionally continues to dam the movement of water in the direction of Pakistan, making the state of affairs worse than ever earlier than.
Sources informed the outlet that the per capita availability of water within the nation is 1,100 million cubic metres each year — which is dangerously low — whereas in Punjab one has to go to a depth of 600 toes to attract groundwater. Up to now, one needed to go to a depth of fifty toes solely.
The report additional mentioned that every 12 months, the Kharif and Rabi crops withstand 45% water scarcity whereas the groundwater stage in small and large cities throughout Punjab, together with Lahore, has began falling.
Water consultants warn that if new water reservoirs aren’t created and water wastage shouldn’t be stopped, Pakistan will face a famine-like state of affairs.
In line with water consultants, on account of growing inhabitants, water loss and local weather change, the authorities must take rapid precautions, in any other case, famine shall be inevitable.
The President of Pakistan Engineering Congress Amjad Saeed mentioned that the water downside could grow to be extra severe within the coming days.
He mentioned that along with the water dispute with India, the provinces of Pakistan are additionally combating with one another over the distribution of water.
“About 7 million acre-feet of fresh water is lost to the sea every year. If this is not the authorities incompetence, then I don’t know what is,” mentioned Saeed.
Shedding mild on the matter, the Managing Director of the Water and Sanitation Company (Wasa) Lahore, Zahid Aziz, mentioned that for the final 15 to twenty years, the groundwater ranges of Lahore metropolis have been taking place by one meter yearly.
“This happened due to the lack of rainfall, condition of Ravi river and wastage of water by citizens,” he mentioned.
He, nevertheless, mentioned that authorities measures have raised the groundwater stage by two metres, which is sufficient for main cities, together with Lahore, for a few years to return.
He mentioned that at current, individuals in Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, and a lot of the cities of South Punjab are going through a scarcity of freshwater however tasks are being set as much as cope with it.