Wasa to protect Ravi from untreated water

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In a major development to protect the Ravi River from pollution, Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) has signed an agreement with European Agency for establishing a project management unit (PMU) for completing Babu Sabu Wastewater Treatment Plant project.

Presently, the municipal and industrial wastewater of the provincial capital was going untreated into the Ravi where oxygen level required for stable aquatic life has alarmingly reduced endangering native fish species besides posing a grave threat to the aquatic life and underground water level of the city.

Various recent studies revealed that oxygen level in the river was too low to support aquatic life as ten sewage drains and pumping stations and five industrial wastewater carrying drains are throwing over 3,000 cusecs municipal sewage and toxic industrial effluents into the river.