Water not fit for drinking in Ministers’ Enclave, majority of sectors

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Despite reports that residents of Islamabad are left with no option but to consume contaminated water (and thus vulnerable to various waterborne diseases) Capital Development Authority (CDA) has not budged an inch to address the burning issue.
According to a recent report by Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) – the premier research institute in the country – majority of the water filtration plants in the federal capital are either dysfunctional and supplying contaminated water or closed down due to negligence of the CDA’s water directorate.
Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Maroof Afzal has though suspended DG Water yet the problem is still unaddressed and the residents are left at the mercy of the bacteria thriving in the unfiltered water.
The situation is alarming and new Mayor of Islamabad will definitely take up the matter with the CDA chief in the first crucial meeting taking place today (Monday), said an official of the CDA.
One cannot trust other sources of water since filtration plants installed by the CDA are not supplying safe drinking water, said the official.
Last month CDA’s own water testing laboratory examined 11 filtration plants, and found 7 of them were providing water unfit for drinking.
A few years ago a monitoring report compiled by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) also revealed surprising findings regarding CDA water filtration plants.
The council stated that 28 out of 33 filtration plants had been providing unfit and unsafe water. Water samples were collected from Ministers’ Enclave, Margalla Town, G-8/1, G-9/2, G-9/4, F-10 Markaz, F-10/1 and I-9/4 and water was found unfit for consumption in all these areas and sectors.
However, the report stated that filtrated plants installed at G-9/2 and another plant in the same sector, G-10 Markaz and I-10/2 are providing somewhat drinkable water.
Islamabad’s first Mayor Sh Ansar Aziz has time and again reiterated his resolve to address water scarcity and water contamination issues on priority basis and the latest revelations are going to pose a serious challenge for him and his team.
The Mayor will have to select a team of dedicated officers who are upright and law abiding, only then water filtration plants and other related issues can be resolved. If he leaves this to relevant department as is the normal practice, Islamabad residents will soon feel betrayed, said Shamsher a resident of the G-9/4.

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