Experts Suggest Wide-ranging, Holistic Approach To Tackle Water Crisis In Pakistan

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Experts suggest wide-ranging, holistic approach to tackle water crisis in Pakistan

The experts and stakeholders on Saturday suggested that the government ought to take a wide-ranging and holistic approach to tackle the issue of water crisis in Pakistan.

HYDERABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th Nov, 2018 ) :The experts and stakeholders on Saturday suggested that the government ought to take a wide-ranging and holistic approach to tackle the issue of water crisis in Pakistan.

The recommendation surfaced at the one-day international seminar on 'Sustainable Water Management' organized by Centre of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry (NCEAC) here at Sindh University Jamshoro.

Eminent analytical chemistry expert and Professor of International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Bhangar was chief guest of the event.

Prof Dr Jamaluddin Ahmed of University of Chitagong, Bangladesh, Dr Fateh Muhammad Marri of Sindh Water Sector Improvement Project (WSIP), Dr Jeffrey Layton Ullman of University of Utah, USA, and Prof Dr Tasneem Gul Kazi of NCEAC were among the experts who spoke on this occasion.

Dr Ahmed in his presentation warned that water had become a potential factor that could trigger world war as almost all the countries experienced severe water resource depletion.

He stated that the situation in the developing world was rather more serious as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and South Africa faced critical water shortfall.

"Some 40 million people in Cape Town, South Africa, are not allowed to store more than 87 liters of water. They are also not allowed to use drinking water for toilet and car wash needs" he told.

Dr Bhangar asserted that 90 percent of all waste water in the developing countries was discharged untreated directly into rivers, lakes and the sea leading to human health issues and degradation of the environment.

He recommended stringent legislation in that regard to bound the industries to stop releasing untreated effluents in the waterways.

"Ever increasing population, rain deficit, mismanagement, poor storage and supply system, line losses and lack of education are a few other causes behind water crisis in Pakistan," he outlined.

Dr Marri said that Sindh Government had recently launched an extensive consultation study to assess the entire water phenomena to formulate what would be called the 'Sindh Water Policy'.

Dr Ullman, sharing his recent study, informed how many pharmaceutical companies and personal care products furtively worked as pollutants and adversely affected ecology, human health and marine life.

Dr Ullman said ethical commitment to medical practice, dissemination of education, increased awareness regarding hazardous effects of drugs and cosmetics could serve as strong antidotes in the given context.

Dr Kazi reported various levels of arsenic in drinking water and traced arsenic's effects on life in all forms while recommending that the government should act to alleviate the menace.

Noted scientists Prof D. Muhammad Yar Khuhawar and Prof Dr Haq Nawaz Bhatti prepared and presented recommendations of the seminar.

Earlier, Prof Dr Shahabuddin Memon gave the welcome note while the seminar's coordinator Dr Najma Memon informed the participants about objectives of the moot.

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