USPCAS-W Celebrates World Water Day at Badin

March 22, 2017 USPCASW

U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) of Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET) in collaboration with National Rural Support Program (NRSP) celebrated World Water Day at Gymkhana Club Badin.

On this occasion, Mr. Allah Dino Chandio, Vice Chairman District Council Badin said that water is a precious commodity and it has been wasted at large volume​ since​ it has been taken as granted. He said that if the price of water is to be fixed at par with fuel i.e. petrol and diesel then the people will know how it  important​ was​. Mr. Chandio emphasized on government institutes as well as on the civil society to launch a massive campaign for saving the water resources.

Prof. Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar, Deputy Director Academic and Research at USPCAS-W gave a comprehensive presentation on wastewater, which was the theme of the day for the year 2017​. Dr. Mahar said that due increase in population in Pakistan, the water resources are being limited and now the country is facing water scarcity in urban population for domestic use and in rural areas for use in agriculture.

He said that the greywater – a kind of wastewater can be treated with modern techniques and it can be reused for domestic purpose. He said that untreated water cause for various water borne endemic and fatal diseases which affect the health of huge population especially the children up to the 5 year age. He further gave a detailed presentation on the various water saving, disinfection and treatment techniques which can be used by the community for their better health.

Mr. Zaheer Khoso, program manager NRSP Badin briefed about the intervention of NRSP in communities for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) practices. On this occasion, Mr. Muhammad Ishtiaq Rao , Director, Drainage & Reclamation Institute of Pakistan (DRIP), Pakistan Council of Research In Water Resources (PCRWR) Tandojam, Mr. Abdul Ghaffar Khoso, Deputy Director Social Welfare Department Badin,​ USPCAS-W ​MS Student Mr. Faris Ahmed Bhatti spoke on the theme of the day.

​​Later on, the USPCAS-W faculty and ​​students participated in an interactive session organized by NRSP at village Shaheed Mubarak Soomro with the local community on WaSH practices. USPCAS-W faculty members Ms. Uzma Imran and Ms. Rakhshanda Bano moderated the community interacti​ve session to appraise the villagers for the importance of cleanliness in their lives and adopting of safe W​aS​H practices. On this occasion, the water related tableau and songs were presented by NRSP volunteers.