Contaminated Water creating health issues in Islamabad

Contaminated Water creating health issues in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD, Jul 24 (APP): Residents of twin cities of Islamabnad and Rawalipindi demand clean drinking water, as it is public right and responsibility of the Government.

The contamination of drinking water is a major public health

issue. The quality of drinking water is poorly managed. Sources of

drinking water both surface and ground water are contaminated with

different kind of bacteria, toxic metals and pesticides.

Drinking contaminated water may result in stomach ailments

like diarrhea, vomiting, etc. Weak digestive system can cause

deficiency in immune system. Contaminated water also causes

Hepatitis A and B and skin diseases.

A resident of I-9 sector Asad Abbas said," I am facing

drinking water problem from many years, some steps should be taken

from the authorities to control the situation. WASA and CDA should

renovate all the filtration plants with proper civil work

standards.They should ensure providing quality of the water as per

approved National Drinking Water Quality Standards."

"Newly Elected public representation should be involved in

policy making, legislation and implementation levels for better

service delivery and standard quality of water." He added.

The main reason of polluted water in Rawalpindi and Islamabad

are out dated sewerage system, many areas have no sewerage facility,

Over 300 poultry farms surrounding the city.

A resident of Qasim market,Rwalpindi Dr.Uzma Zaeem said," The

poor quality of drinking water has forced a large cross-section of

citizens to buy bottled water and everyone can not afford it.

PSQCA has revealed that some brands have comparatively high

level of Arsenic that can cause various types of skin diseases, diabetes,

kidney diseases, hypertension, heart diseases birth defects, black

foot diseases and multiple types of cancers etc."

"The remaining brands were found unsafe due to the presence of

higher levels of Sodium and Potassium. There should be proper

guideline to select the brand and concerned authorities should play

there role regarding checking of the brands." She demanded.

An official of Pakistan Council of Reserach in Water

Resources (PCRRWR) said,"To monitor and improve the quality of bottled water, the government of Pakistan through Ministry of Science and

Technology has designated the task to PCRWR for quarterly monitoring

of bottled/mineral water brands and publicize the results."

He said,"According to the monitoring report for the quarter

from April to June, 2016, 114 samples of Mineral/Bottled water

brands have been collected from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Muzaffarabad

Faisalabad, Sialkot, Sargodha, Multan, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Karachi,

Tando Jam, Quetta, and Peshawar."

PCRWR Laboratories are also there for testing samples of

drinking water. Citizens can take samples of water filtration plants

and get them tested from recognized laboratories to check their

quality.Make sure that your friends and family have access to clean

drinking water.