Islamabad—Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology Fazal Abbas Maken, Wednesday, said that growing water scarcity was a serious issue but the management of used water in the form of domestic and industrial wastewater was fast becoming a serious hazard to the system. Addressing the inaugural session of one day workshop on Water Quality Situation in surface water bodies of Pakistan (Ravi & Sulej) organized by PCRWR in collaboration with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). He further added that the annual wastewater generation in Pakistan is more than 5.0 million acre feet (MAF) out of which hardly less than 1% are treated. The untreated wastewater is being disposed off into the river system which is a serious threat to entire ecosystem.
As for handling the situation and improving waste water management he informed the audience about the present initiative of PCRWR envisages monitoring the quality of major rivers of Pakistan through a joint collaboration with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. This information would help to understand the health of the rivers and suggest strategic management measures accordingly.
On this occasion, His Excellency Mr Jurek Juszczyk, Acting High Commissioner of Australia in his remarks said that the Australian High Commission is pleased to have partnered with the Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources to execute this project. Australia’s Commonwealth and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) scientists are working with Pakistan’s hydrologists to effectively manage Pakistan’s water resources.