World Water Day: 21 million Pakistanis do not have access to clean water

World Water Day - 21 million Pakistanis do not have access to clean water
Web desk: As the international community commemorates World Water Day today [March-22], a study found that an alarming 21 million Pakistanis do not have access to clean drinking water.

The report entitled as “The Water Gap — The State of the World’s Water 2018” was released today by WaterAid to mark World Water Day.

The report ranks Pakistan on number nine in the list of ‘top 10 countries with lowest access to clean water’. India, Ethiopia and Nigeria are the top three countries with lowest access to clean water.

“Pakistan is facing severe challenges; industrialisation and the demands of agriculture, depleted and increasingly saline groundwater, rapid urbanisation and drought have all taken their toll”, read the report.

The report further states that 98pc of the richest population has access to clean drinking water close to the home. The rate plummets drastically to 79.2pc in the poor population.

However, the report finds that Pakistan is also one of the most-improved nations for reaching out to more people to provide safe water since 2000.

“Pakistan has reached water to 44 million people since 2000”, read the report.

On the other hand, hydrologists believe that Pakistan’s ground level water is plummeting by a meter every year. They cite extraction of water for drinking and agriculture purpose as big reason behind the aforesaid phenomenon.

A report published by Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources states that 60 per cent of irrigation water is lost during the conveyance and application in the field.

With water crisis worsening with every moment, Pakistan must declare water emergency and take concrete steps to save itself from the likely water scarcity in near future.