Govt launches its own mineral water to cut costs

Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry says one litre of 'Safe Drinking Water' costs just a rupee

Rizwan Ghilzai August 31, 2019
A view of 500ml bottle of 'Safe Drinking Water' rolled out by the government. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: In line with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government's austerity drive, Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced on Saturday that the ministry has launched its very own mineral water to slash costs at government offices.

The Pakistan Council of Research and Water Resources (PCRWR) has prepared a 500ml water bottle named "Safe Drinking Water", the minister said in a statement.

The mineral water bottles will first be used at PM office, President House and Parliament House, he added.

"We have rolled out these water bottles for R1 per litre and it is a quality drinking water," the federal minister separately told The Express Tribune.

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In the first phase, Chaudhry said, it will be introduced at government offices after which it will be made available to the general public.

He said the PCRWR has collected water samples from around the country for the survey, adding that the ratio of salts in the water was examined in the survey.

According to the ratio of salts in water samples collected from all tehsils, water plants would be established in these areas with the help of private companies. Chaudhry said these plants would be established with easy installments loans to people so that cheap and safe drinking water is available throughout the country.

Ever since Fawad took the reins of the Science and Technology ministry earlier this year, he has launched revolutionary projects such as the moon sighting website.



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