ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro has said that more than 6000 water filtration plants would be installed throughout the country by the end of this year and called upon the civil society organizations to contribute towards government’s efforts to improve, protect and maintain the quality of fresh water resources of the country. The Prime Minister said this while talking to Ali Hassan Habib, Director General, World Wide Fund (WWF) Pakistan who called on him at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.
He said that water is a critical resource and achieving water security is a major priority of the government. He said water borne diseases are one of the major hazards for public health and the government is committed to providing safe drinking water to the entire population of the country. More than 6000 water filtration plants would be installed throughout the country by the end of this year, he added.
The Prime Minister said in addition to this programme the government departments, civil society, private sector organizations, philanthropists and communities are being mobilized to supplement government’s efforts and set up more filtration plants at schools, hospitals, parks, factories, petrol pumps and other public places.
He said that the government is also setting up water testing laboratories in every district of the country and plants in major cities for the treatment of sewerage and industrial effluents in major cities to improve the quality of water.He further said that deterioration and contamination of lakes, rivers and groundwater aquifers has increased water borne diseases and other health hazards and the government has launched a project involving preventive steps against water borne disease and awareness programme to check contamination in water sources.
The Prime Minister said that a joint working group comprising representatives of government and civil society organizations will be set up to make concerted and coordinated efforts to give recommendation to finalize water and sanitation policy. The Director General WWF briefed the Prime Minister on his organization’s observation regarding the level of pollution in river bodies and quality of water being supplied for human consumption, pollution threats to water resources and future scarcity of water in view of excessive extraction of ground water.-SANA