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Water conservation – The Asian Telegraph

Water conservation


During the last monsoon season, we were blessed with above-average levels of rainfall throughout the entire country. Nowadays, there is abundant snowfall, supplemented by rain in many parts of the country. All this water is going to waste as water conservation schemes have not been built to harness this gift. It is no surprise that Pakistan is among the most water-stressed countries in the world. Billions of dollars are being set aside for constructing costly dams to alleviate water shortage when the seasonal rainfalls already provide us with an ample supply of water that simply goes to waste. What a colossal waste of an important natural resource.
Water conservation means using less water or recycling used water so that it can be used again. This type of program is important because water conservation helps save energy, protect wild animals, and prevent people from using so much water that it cannot be replaced with rain.
Water conservation day is celebrated on 22nd of March. Water conservation includes all the policies, strategies and activities to sustainably manage the natural resource of fresh water, to protect the hydrosphere, and to meet the current and future human demand. Population, household size and growth and affluence all affect how much water is used. Factors such as climate change have increased pressures on natural water resources especially in manufacturing and agricultural irrigation. Many countries have already implemented policies aimed at water conservation, with much success.
By 2025, Pakistan is expected to turn from a ‘water-stressed’ country into a ‘water-scarce’ country. Since it has only a 30-day water storage capacity while its water shortage is 106 million gallons per day, water conservation initiatives must be launched on an immediate basis.
The government should come up with some effective methods to conserve rainwater so as to deal with the water scarcity issue.

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