Only 53 percent of people would be able to get safe drinking water till 2030 if the pace of improvement of water resources remained same lacking far behind the set goal of reaching 100 percent population under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).
“The pace of improvement should be three-times more than the present one which required sustainable investment in infrastructure and human resources”, said a report of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR).
The report titled “Water Quality Status of Major Cities of Pakistan 2015-16”, issued recently revealed that most of the samples 57 percent monitored, were found microbiologically contaminated.
The other contaminations included arsenic six percent, turbidity eight percent, chloride 15 percent, nitrate six percent TDS 11 percent, hardness six percent and iron 10 percent.
The report further added that the drinking water quality situation in Sindh and Balochistan provinces was found almost similar as in the previous monitoring years.
Whereas, some improvements have been seen in some cities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Through treatment of drinking water sources only microbial contamination, it would be possible to make drinking water supply safe up to 80 percent, the report said.