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The well is drying up, and there’s no water connection!

The well is drying up, and there’s no water connection!

KARACHI – The sun starts rising from the east and a noisy locomotive passes by, leaving behind a trail of smoke; a few factory workers are on their way to the nearby fertiliser factory and a group of young women carrying pitchers on their heads move towards a well to fetch water.
This is not a scene from a small, remote village of Thar Desert where the river water has never been able to reach and where the underground water level is too low, but this scene could be witnessed

‘Faisalabad citizens have to wait for potable water til 2018’

LAHORE – Faisalabad citizens have to wait for potable water for another 7 years, as provision of drinkable water would be completed by 2018 if funds are provided frequently, Punjab Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Parliamentary Secretary Zafar Iqbal Nagra told the Punjab Assembly (PA) on Tuesday. He was replying to questions of members of the provincial assembly (MPA) during the PA’s 22nd session held with Speaker Rana Iqbal in the chair. The question hour

Dwindling reservoirs leading to water emergency: IRSA chief

FAISALABAD – Indus River System Authority (IRSA) Chairman Rao Arshad Ali has warned that the capacity of the country’s reservoirs has shrunk from 15.79 million acres feet (MAF) to 11.57 million acres feet due to accumulation of mud and silt under the surface of the storage facilities and if the trend continues unabated, Pakistan will have to face drought due to water shortage.
He was speaking as the chief guest at a seminar titled “Water Resources and Post-Floods Era in

Workshop on water issues and options

KARACHI – Considering water as lifeline of Pakistan’s sustainable development, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) would organise a two-day workshop on ‘Water – Issues and Options’ in Islamabad.
In a statement issued Friday, IUCN Pakistan Education, Communication and Outreach Programme Officer George Sadiq stated that the organisation undertook a study on the issues and options for the upper and lower riparian of the Indus River and based on it and several

‘WAPDA releasing water as per IRSA indents’

LAHORE – The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is releasing water from the reservoirs according to the indents issued by the Indus River System Authority (IRSA).
In the wake of annual canal closure, water releases from the reservoirs have been drastically reduced and WAPDA is strictly following the IRSA indents for both Mangla and Tarbela reservoirs and elsewhere.
It said, “The water releases from Mangla with effect from December 26, 2010 to January 12, 2011 were

Punjab PA discusses water shortage, price hike

LAHORE – The Punjab Assembly proceedings were inflicted by quorum issue again on Monday and this time the Pakistan People’s party (PPP) lawmaker Shaharyar Ali Khan pointed out the quorum just before the opening of the general discussion on price hike.
Meeting after a two-day break, under the chair of the Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal, the proceedings started about an hour and 25 minutes late
Following the recitation of the holy Quran and a naat, PML-Q forward block MPA Dr

Crisis meeting in N Ireland over water supplies

BELFAST – Anger mounted in Northern Ireland on Thursday as ministers prepared to hold a crisis meeting to discuss why tens of thousands of people have been without water supplies for more than a week.
Doctors warned the continued shortages could spark a public health crisis as engineers struggled to repair thousands of pipes which sprang leaks following some of the coldest weather in the British province for decades.
Some 34,000 people were still without running water on

Burst pipes leave 40,000 without water in N Ireland

BELFAST – Some 40,000 people were struggling to cope on Wednesday without water supplies in Northern Ireland, where frozen pipes have burst, leaving some without fresh water for eight days.
Tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the province are affected, with people forced to join long queues for bottled water. Parts of the capital Belfast are among the hardest hit. “At the latest count, 40,000 people are without running water,” a spokeswoman for Northern Ireland

Polluted water a serious health risk

DASKA – With the spread of waterborne diseases, a large number of patients, most of them women and children, have been admitted to several government and private hospitals and clinics in and around Sialkot.
Health, environment and public health engineering departments have agreed that the local water supply was contaminated and accused the Sialkot Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) of not paying attention to pipeline congestion in residential, commercial and industrial

Thar coalfields – Sindh asked to obtain clearance to draw water

KARACHI: The Ministry of Water and Power has instructed the Sindh government to obtain clearance from the Indus River Commission to draw some 100 cusecs of water from the Makhi-Farash Link Canal (Chotiari Reserve Phase-II) for Thar coalfields, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Sources said that the Sindh government’s Coal and Energy Development Department had approached the MoWP for permission to ensure availability of water at coalfields from Makhi-Farash Link Canal – a project that is

Indus Water commissioner removed

ISLAMABAD – Indus Water Commissioner Jamaat Ali Shah has been removed from his post, a private TV channel reported on Wednesday.
Jamaat was appointed as commissioner of the Indus Water Commission in 1993. The government has appointed Shiraz Jamil Memon as the new commissioner for the Indus Water Commission.

Rise in water table panics people in lower Sindh

MIRPURKHAS: Panic and fear have spread in parts of lower Sindh, following the rise in under-ground water level due to recent devastating floods. The residents of these areas fear it could threaten the foundations of their buildings as the water starts oozing out at two feet of digging, while in some areas water just seeps out of the ground.
Owners of various big buildings and houses in Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Sanghar and Tharparkar districts told Pakistan Today on Tuesday that their

Iran-Pak gas pipeline dead in the water: Wikileaks

WASHINGTON: Despite Iran and Pakistan signing on an ambitious gas pipeline deal with its possible extension to India, the multi-billion project is unlikely to take off, according to the text of an American diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.
A source, whose name has been removed, in the cable confided to the US diplomat in a private conversation on June 4, 2009 that he viewed the implementation of the gas project to be “very unlikely”, the cable said. “The downbeat comment

WAPDA to complete 20 water and hydroelectric projects

LAHORE: WAPDA is executing around 20 water and hydropower projects in order to cater the swelling demand of water and electricity.
This was stated by WAPDA Chairman Shakil Durrani, while addressing a delegation of PAF Air War College Karachi, headed by Air Vice Marshal Azher Hassan at WAPDA House.
The Chairman, speaking on the occasion, stated that per-capita availability of water in the country had diminished to an alarming level due to mounting population. In addition, a

Punjab, Sindh agree on enhanced water releases

ISLAMABAD: To limit the hydel power shortage to 1500MW from the estimated 3500MW, Punjab and Sindh on Tuesday agreed to increase water releases during the forthcoming canal closure period – December-January.
According to official sources, the agreement was reached during an inter-provincial meeting chaired by Minister for Water and Power Pervez Ashraf to review the current water availability, forthcoming annual canal closures and its impact on hydropower generation.

Karachi has power on Eid, runs out of water

KARACHI: During the second and third days of Eidul Azha when water is used more than usual to wash away the blood of slaughtered sacrificial animals and other purposes, the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) reduced 20 million gallons of the city’s water supply.
“Yes, the city faced 20 million gallons water shortage on the second and third days of the Eid because there was a power shutdown at Dhabeji and Gharo pumping stations,” a KWSB official told Pakistan Today on the

Anti-IJT stance put Baloch in hot water

LAHORE: Affiliation with the Teachers’ Front, having leftist ideas and being anti-Islami Jamiat-e-Talba (IJT), are stated to be the reasons behind the suspension of Punjab University (PU) College of Earth & Environmental Sciences (CEES) Principal Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch, who was being threatened with dire consequences from ‘quarters with vested interests’ active in the varsity, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to CEES teachers, Baloch was facing charges of sexually