President Dr. Arif Alvi says the nation should be made aware of better and more careful use of water in the country, as Pakistan is one of the countries facing a severe water crisis.
He spoke on Monday in Islamabad at an international conference entitled “Needs for sustainable water management in climate crises for the Indus basin”.
The president said due to water scarcity and reckless handling, groundwater sources have also decreased to dangerous levels.
He said climate change is also having dangerous effects on our country as temperatures rise and glaciers melt quickly.
He said the government was working effectively to build water reservoirs in the country as it was a top government priority.
Dr. Arif Alvi called for modern methods such as drip irrigation to save water.
On the occasion, Minister of Science and Technology Shibli Faraz said that water scarcity and climate change were the primary concerns of the incumbent government. He said Pakistan is facing serious water problems as groundwater is running low and per capita water availability is falling.
The minister said sharing information on climate change and water scarcity was vital. He said we strive to turn scientific research into public benefit using scientific data and intelligent technologies.
Shibli Faraz said the Pakistani Water Resource Research Council and the Capital Development Authority have signed a cooperation program for artificial groundwater recharge and the development of an evidence-based groundwater regulatory framework for the capital.
He said that by June next year Islamabad will be the first city to have a network of a hundred groundwater replenishment wells and groundwater regulatory frameworks.