*Practical steps must be taken to ensure availability of safe and healthy drinking water to the masses, Shibli Faraz*
Islamabad: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz has said that practical steps must be taken to ensure availability of safe and healthy drinking water to the masses. He added that consumption of contaminated water is resulting in water borne diseases which adds extra pressure on our already fragile health care system. Federal Minister for Science and Technology made these remarks during his visit to Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources Chairman PCRWR briefed the Federal Minister regarding the initiative and working of the organisation.
Federal Minister stated that value of water must be recognised at all levels and intervention should be made for its conservation as it a matter of the future of our coming generations. He emphasized that holistic approach is required in all aspects of water resources including storage, irrigation, drainage, ground water depletion and waste water management. He stressed that it high time to include modern techniques likes crop zoning, drip and sprinkle irrigation in agriculture to minimise the wastage of water in this sector.
Federal Minister said that 10 canal telemetric system would be soon introduced in KPK by PCRWR. Commending the initiatives taken by PCRWR he said that priority areas should be chalked out so that all out efforts could be made in this regard.