Per capita water availability down by 83% during last 66 years: WAPDA Report

According to WAPDA Findings, with the current infrastructure Pakistan can only hold 10 percent of its annual flows of water. The water stored is only sufficient for 30 day usage.

The report further mentioned that per capita water availability has gone down drastically during the last 66 years. The current per capita water is 908 Cubic Meter down from 5620 cubic meter in 1951. The reason for decline in per capita availability has been a result of rapid increase in population during the last 2 to 3 decades.

Highlighting the losses, the Report mentions that a total of 29 million acre feet of water is lost to leakages from Kotri Barrage. The reports further says that the situation would become unmanageable if more dams are not created to increase the capacity of storing water in the country.  

Furthermore, more than 20 million acres of land can be brought under irrigation with the help of these dams.

The report also mentioned that, WAPDA is creating six hydropower projects to generate electricity. These projects will have an ability to generate 4800 MW power. Of the six projects, three projects with a capacity of 2500 MW projects will completed by mid-2018.

WAPDA in the report mentioned that seven projects for construction with Gross Water Storage capacity of 10 MAF are under construction; the said seven projects will have a power generation capacity of 16,000 MW.

Posted on: 2017-10-06T17:17:00+05:00