Islamabad: Dr. Mohsin Hafeez, Country Representative of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), advised that underground rainwater storage tanks be made mandatory in new housing projects in Islamabad, according to news outlets.

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Dr. Hafeez, speaking at a seminar, suggested that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Federal Government Employee Housing Authority (FGEHA) make it mandatory to construct such rainwater harvesting and storage projects in order to conserve water and address water scarcity issues in the capital.

He claims that Islamabad receives far more rainfall each year, but that all of it either goes to waste or causes flash floods and urban floods, causing property damage. Water will be saved for domestic use, such as plant watering, car washing, and other household uses, by constructing underground water storage tanks. This will also improve water security and help to conserve resources.

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Furthermore, Dr Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman of the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), indicated that his agency is working with the CDA to gain access to the city’s water resources so that improved water-related policies can be developed.

In a related development, Member Engineering Capital Development Authority (CDA) Engr Syed Munawar Shah stated that the authority has developed a Project Concept-1 (PC-1) to address water scarcity issues in various areas of the capital city, including Sectors G-10, G-11, I-10, and G-13, which are currently experiencing extreme water scarcity.

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