Deteriorating groundwater quality in Sindh

Published: March 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Eighty million people living in the twenty-one upper and lower Sindh districts do not have access to safe drinking water. Without safe water provision, the health and livelihoods of families is being severely affected. Increased concentrations of naturally occurring elements in water, such as arsenic and fluoride, are having a catastrophic impact on the health and fertility of the rich agrarian soil of the area.

The deterioration in the quality of groundwater is due to the presence of the Right Bank Outfall Drain and the Left Bank Outfall Drain, which drain out the industrial and chemical waste from Punjab, into various upper and lower Sindh districts. This state of affairs needs immediate attention to avert any major catastrophe.

Is there anyone in the corridors of power to direct the concerned departments at both the federal and provincial levels to take corrective and constructive steps to save millions of lives in Sindh? The provincial and federal governments, as well as international organisations, are appealed to launch schemes to improve the quality of groundwater in Sindh at the earliest.

Hashim Abro

Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2012.

Reader Comments (1)

  • Khurshid Anwer
    Mar 31, 2012 - 1:12PM

    Certainly the problem of the outfall Drains needs to be addressed, but it is only common sense that if we go on pumping out groundwater without replenishing it, the quality will suffer, groundwater is replenished through seepages from the canals and the canals are fed from the storages at the dams, until we have ample storage of water in the dams we will not have enough flow in the canals, if we think we can sit back on our hands and let only two dam take all the load for the next 100 years, we are sadly mistaken

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