Most of citizens in big cities in Pakistan do not have safe drinking water according to the Imran Khan led Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf government presented the data in the National Assembly, news agency ANI reported.
According to Shibli Faraz, Pakistan’s federal minister for science and technology, said in the House that more than 50 % of water obtained from various sources in 20 of the 29 cities of Pakistan was found to be unsafe.The water quality was tested by the Pakistan Council of Research of Water Resources , said the minister.
According to Dawn ,The PCRWR was found underground water quality in at least three cities – Mirpurkhas and Shaheed Benazirabad in Sindh and Gilgit 100% unsafe for drinking. Only Sialkot and Gujarat had sources where water was found to be 100 %t for drinking.
According to Parliamentary Secretary National Health Services Dr Nausheen Hamid has said , Pakistan’s water availability has already fallen by 400 % since its independence, that per capita water availability declined from 5,600 cubic metres in 1947 to around 1,038 cubic metres in 2021 in july.
Noting that Pakistan was the fifth most populous country in the world, she had said water scarcity was a “very serious threat” that will aggravate by 2025 leaving very limited water for use. The parliamentary secretary further highlighted that inadequate supply of water aggravated food security in the country.
Geo News recently carried a report on Pakistan’s water scarcity, in which experts warned that a famine-like situation may arise in the country. The report also said water scarcity in the country has set alarm bells ringing after that rivers have dried up due to low rainfall.
Accordin to ANI , In the month of March, a Washington-based magazine, the International Monetary Fund placed Pakistan at the third position in the list of countries facing acute water scarcity.