IWMI suggests CDA; Rain Water Storage Tanks Mandatory for New Housing Societies
Islamabad: IWMI proposed to CDA that rainwater tanks be made mandatory for new housing societies in order to enhance groundwater aquifers in ICT.
To enhance groundwater aquifers in the Islamabad Capital Territory, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) proposed that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) make rainwater tanks mandatory for new housing developments (ICT).
This was said at a consultative meeting on the ‘demonstration of nature-based solutions for increasing groundwater aquifer resilience in ICT.
During the meeting, IWMI country representative Dr. Mohsin Hafeez stated that for every new housing project, the CDA or the Federal Government Employees Housing Authority (FGEHA) must make rain-water storage tanks essential.
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He stated that Islamabad receives a lot of rain, and that this rainfall is either squandered or becomes the cause of flash or urban floods, as observed during the current monsoon season when affluent sections of Islamabad were inundated, inflicting massive damage to infrastructure and public property.
It is critical to find natural ways to supply enough water to everyone in the capital city.
He also stated that there are several opportunities to capitalize on the 1500-millimetre rainfall, and that the rains are already transforming into flash floods with less recharge. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman of the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), stated on the occasion,
“We are doing a water resources assessment of the entire Islamabad for surface water as well as groundwater and identifying research sites in collaboration with IWMI Pakistan and CDA.”
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Based on this evaluation, we will create a drought for establishing the legislative framework for groundwater and surface water.
“We are working on nature-based alternatives to ensure that everyone in the capital city has enough water,” he added.