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12 september 2019

A 300,000-dollar program to improve water management in Pakistan

The authorities in Punjab, one of the four provinces in Pakistan, have decided to set up smart water and wastewater management to save water resources. An initial program, with $300,000 in funding, will lay the foundations for this new model. This is an urgent issue for the authorities, who want to lastingly ensure the economic development of this province, which is the country’s richest and most populated.

The signature of an agreement* on June 20 in Lahore between the Punjab provincial government and the Korean Knowledge Sharing Program, KSP**) will allow six cities in the province — Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sahiwal, Sialkot, Sargodha, and Rahim Yar Khan — to ultimately benefit from the smart management of their drinking water and wastewater networks. 


Steered from a technical perspective by the Korean KSP and funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADP) through the Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Programme (PICIIP), the program’s first phase will concern Sargodha, a city of 600,000 inhabitants located in the north of the province. After auditing the existing water networks, smart tools for controlling and managing these networks will be introduced to measure the amount of water discharged and check its quality. 


Urgent action is required. According to the World Wildlife Fund Pakistan, the water supply for industrial, business and domestic use comes primarily from groundwater, which will soon become depleted if nothing is done. 


Again according to the WWF, the annual per capita availability of water has fallen below 1,000 m3in Pakistan (5,650 min 1947); in comparison, France has three times as much water available.



*More precisely, the signature of an aide-memoire to precisely list the tasks to be carried out to achieve the goals. 

This platform, created in 2014 by the Korean Ministry of Economy and Finance, wants to develop knowledge sharing with partner countries. Its other mission is to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly by aiding emerging countries. It is nowadays one of the largest technical knowledge sharing sources in the world, with over 76 partner countries. Source KSP


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