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Sindh’s polluted water

RECENT analysis by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources of surface and groundwater samples from across Sindh reveals that water quality in the province has worsened — 80pc (from 75pc a few months ago) of sampled sources, including at educational institutions and tertiary-care hospitals, is now contaminated with …

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Wasa advised to ban installation of new tubewells

Rawalpindi: The relevant authorities must impose a ban on installation of new tubewells as the level of ground water is fast depleting in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Jahanzeb Kiyani, a water expert, said unnecessary and frequent pumping of water and misuse of aquifers are causing reduction in …

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Low water levels: Legislators submit adjournment motion

Legislators of the opposition benches submitted several adjournment motions at the Punjab Assembly, seeking the government’s attention and a comprehensive mechanism to deal with different issues, including water use. Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s (PML-Q) Chaudhary Amir Sultan Cheema submitted an adjournment motion against the rapid decrease in the water table. He …

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Sanitary workers now safe, but far from healthy

In addition to having to dispose the filth left behind by the city’s population, sanitary workers of Lahore are also risking their lives as they still lack the necessary health facilities to keep them safe. The workers complain that standard operating procedures recently issued for them by the Water and …

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Judicial commission seeks progress report on RBOD-II’s remaining work

The judicial commission on water and sanitation directed the federal and provincial governments to submit a progress report on resuming the remaining work of the Right Bank Outfall Drain (RBOD-II). The proceedings of the commission, headed by Justice Mohammad Iqbal Kalhoro, were being conducted in light of the Supreme Court’s …

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Government officials get show-cause notices over water and sewerage woes

Judicial body asks why contempt-of-court proceedings should not be initiated against them; orders appearance before commission on July 1 Government officials have been issued show-cause notices for failing to comply with the top court’s orders to resolve the water and sewerage issues of Sindh. Issuing the notices to the irrigation, …

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Complying with SC orders, Sindh doubles water, sanitation budget

In Sindh, where a Supreme Court-appointed judicial commission is conducting proceedings to monitor and ensure execution of incomplete development schemes meant to supply clean drinking water and improve sanitation conditions, the second consecutive Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)-led government plans to increase spending on these facilities twofold by increasing the budgetary …

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As tube wells go dry, Pindi sweats its aqua needs

RAWALPINDI: As the summer heat intensifies, water woes for the residents of Rawalpindi are set to worsen with government-run underground tube wells in the garrison city running dry. A few days ago, Union Council-V Dhoke Hassu Chairman Dr Shafqat Malik told the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation that three tube wells in his …

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Drowning in water apathy

History shows that apathy is the final frontier before anarchy sets in. Pakistan is hurtling towards anarchy on many fronts, which is directly affecting our social, political and economic well-being. One such front is the water calamity that is descending upon us. From the mighty ranges of the Himalayas to …

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Water shortage hits city, cantonment areas

After long time, the situation of water in Rawalpindi areas is not satisfactory and the concerned civic bodies are finding it really hard to ensure smooth supply of water thus creating problems for the people in the scorching heat of summer. Though officials of the civic bodies give positive replies …

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