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 level of underground water due to which the tubewells are becoming dysfunctional day by day.
“The more we pump water from the ground at a rapid rate, the more difficult it is for the groundwater to provide us with the amount of water that we need,” he said. He said the activities that lead to groundwater depletion come mostly from humans, but a portion of it also comes from changes in the climate and can speed up the process.
According to a report by Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) Rawalpindi the groundwater table in Rawalpindi city sharply depleted from 550 feet to 650 feet over the last six years due to an over-extraction.
“Unlike Lahore and inner Punjab, the groundwater table in Rawalpindi was not shallow but found in the form of small ponds that need to be recharged. The rapid growth of population has eliminated the chances of recharging the groundwater,” it said.
The record showed there were total 320 tubewells in 2010 to provide water to the residents but in 2017 the number increased to 438 because 86 tubewells were installed in Rawal Town and 32 in Potohar Town in last seven years.
Reporter. Wasa advised to ban installation of new tubewells. The News, July 12, 2017.