Islamabad: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Country Representative Dr Mohsin Hafeez on Thursday suggested making it mandatory for developers of new projects to build underground rainwater storage tanks, news sources reported on October 14.
Talking at a seminar, Dr Hafeez said that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Federal Government Employee Housing Authority (FGEHA) should make it mandatory for project developers to build such rainwater harvesting storage facilities to conserve water and solve water scarcity problems in the capital.
He said that Islamabad receives a much higher rate of rainfall annually but all the water either goes to waste or causes flash and urban flooding leading to property damage. By building underground water storage tanks, the water will be saved for domestic use including plant watering, car wash etc.
Addressing the audience, Chairman of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) Dr Muhammad Ashraf stated that his department is collaborating with the CDA to access the city’s water resources as this will make better water-related policies.
In a related development, Member Engineering Capital Development Authority (CDA) Engr Syed Munawar Shah said that the authority has developed a Project Concept-1 (PC-1) to alleviate water scarcity problems in various sectors of the capital, including areas of Sectors G-10, G-11, I-10, and G-13 – which are currently experiencing extreme water scarcity.