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Pakistan’s most populous city needs desalination plant to meet water requirements

  • Pakistan’s most populous city needs desalination plant to meet water requirements
    Satellite image of Karachi. Credit: Wikipedia

Last Sunday, Arif Alvi, President of Pakistan, said that to tackle the challenges of water scarcity in Karachi, capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh, it would be feasible to build a desalination plant with capacity to treat 1,100 to 1,400 million gallons of water per day.

Talking to the Associated Press of Pakistan, he also mentioned that an efficient tariff mechanism would be needed to make this option viable.

“Huge investment is required with equal care towards revenue generation ensuring that the essential commodity was not only easily available to the citizens but also affordable to them,” he said.

In most parts of the mega city flowing piped water is rare and its over 15 million residents receive less than half of their daily needs.

In 2018, a judicial report found that 91 per cent of Karachi’s water was unsafe to drink.   

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