Karachi’s Water Crisis: Blog prepared on 28 July and published on 29 July 2020
Karachi, the biggest city and industrial hub of Pakistan is facing multiple problems for decades. Electric supply outages, water supply shortage, natural gas shortage, inefficient drainage system, heaps of garbage, noise pollution and air pollution are only few to mention. Water crisis is one of the most burning issue of the city.
As per international standards 50 gallon water is daily requirement of a person. For the population of Karachi the (domestic) requirement is 600 million gallons daily (MGD). If industrial requirement is added it comes to about 1000 MGD, whereas supply to this metropolitan city is only 650 MGD. (Ref: https://nation.com.pk/08-Jun-2020/karachi-faces-350m-gallon-water-shortage-per-day-firdous-shamim)
Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) can barely fulfill 45 per cent of city’s water requirement, says Wahab.
The quantity of bulk water which is available to KWSB is barely sufficient to fulfill 45 per cent of the water requirement of Karachi.
Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Law and Information Barrister Murtaza Wahab said this on Thursday while addressing a news conference at the Sindh Assembly building. At present, the water requirement of Karachi was 1,100 MDG but the KWSB had only 570 MGD available, Wahab said. (Ref: Published in Dawn, March 19th, 2017; https://www.dawn.com/news/1321455)
This video describes water crisis of the city and alternate arrangements by people to overcome line water shortage. Bore wells and supply through tankers are alternate arrangements, both are additional financial burden for poor population. Weather changes in the area are also discussed. I f you want an overview of water crisis, watch till end.