This blog is dedicated to our Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting. They will report on examples of rainwater harvesting in their own countries and communities, helping us raise the profile of rainwater harvesting - both locally and globally.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Islamabad's Battle for Water

By Saleem Shaikh
July 24, 2012
Reuters News Agency

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Hotter temperatures, shifting rainfall and growing population are reducing the amount of available water in Islamabad. As dams dry up, people are drilling more borehole wells and trying to find other answers.

WaterAid – UK’s country manager in Pakistan, Abdul Hafeez, says normal practices such as washing homes and cars each day, sending waste water flooding down streets, must change. Moulding people’s attitudes towards adopting rainwater harvesting systems and water conservation habits at their homes will be important.

He said Pakistan’s government should pass legislation outlawing wasteful use of water and institute a national rainwater harvesting policy.

WaterAid -UK’s Hafeez believes that having rainwater harvesting in each household in Islamabad and other parts of the country should be made obligatory.

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