10 new water filtration plants to be set up


The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will install ten additional water filtration plants in different areas to ensure provision of clean drinking water for residents.
CDA Chairman Tahir Shahbaz announced this while visiting different filtration plants in the city. He said the CDA will extend all possible resources to facilitate residents and provide clean drinking water. New filtration plants would be set up in Sector I-9/4, G-10/4, G-9/3 near CDA blocks, G-9/4 near Jehangir Market, G-7/1 I and T centre, F-8 Markaz, E-7 Markaz, Blue Area, G-9 Markaz, G-11 Markaz and G-11 near PHA Flats.
CDA Engineering Member Sanaullah Aman told the chairman that 30 filtration plants had been upgraded and maintenance work on the remaining plants would be completed soon. He said that new filtration plants were being installed on a need basis.
Shahbaz directed Aman to take steps to control leakages from rusty and dilapidated water supply pipelines. He said the water tanker service would be improved so that public complaints could be addressed promptly.
He called on residents to avoid wastage of water. He said to cope with requirements of the growing metropolis the CDA was working on additional water resources to provide the basic amenity. Shahbaz directed the authority to carry out an awareness campaign for water conservation and said that those involved in water wastage would be fined.
Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) will inaugurate a water quality laboratory on December 15.
Around 21 water quality testing laboratories are already functional in different cities. These labs have state of the art equipment and are located in different cities including Lahore, Bahawalpur, Tandojam, Quetta, Peshawar, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Sargodha, Mianwali, DG Khan, Nawab Shah, Karachi, Hyderabad, Abbottabad, Muzaffarabad, Dera Ismail Khan, Badin and Lora Lai.
PCRWR spokesperson Lubna Naheed said six research and demonstration farms had also been established to conduct research on various aspects of water resources. They include technology for testing water conservation, developing efficient irrigation techniques, evolving desertification control technology, rainwater harvesting techniques and saline agriculture.