Water pollution more serious than scarcity


Eminent hydrologist and water expert of Pakistan Dr. Hassan Abbas said that a mega vision and strong will was needed to tackle the water challenges of the country.
He expressed these remarks while addressing the participants of the graduate seminar on “Pakistan’s Water Challenges: Need for Integrated Water Resources Management”, organised by U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro on Friday. The USPCAS-W organized the event in collaboration with Center for Social Change (CSC).
Dr. Hassan Abbas said that one of the biggest challenges the country was facing is water pollution instead of water scarcity. Quoting the existing irrigation system, he said that the irrigation canals were made to provide water for agriculture but due to flood irrigation system in Pakistan, these canals caused land degradation because of water logging and salinity.
Irrigation drains have to prevent the water logging and salinity but they caused pollution and nuisance in the landscape due to increase of water logging and salinity at tail ends.
While sharing the unified vision for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Pakistan, Dr. Abbas said that there was a need to develop strict guidelines.—APP

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