When I say paani khatam ho raha hai, I very literally mean, paani khatam ho raha hai!
In 2018 we saw the once fast-flowing Rawal Lake in Islamabad dried up without a drop of water in sight. Despite the worrisome news of the reservoir deprived of water, Pakistanis continue to neglect the attention this dire situation needs and in just 6 years time (by 2025), Pakistan will be facing acute water scarcity through and through.
1. The Bare Minimum to Avert Pakistan’s Water Crisis
Turning off the tap while we brush, showering for shorter amounts of time and only filling our glasses with an adequate amount of water are all extremely important measure that need to be adopted by all of us right away.
While these things may seem to be trivial, they are anything but that. Making such little adjustments in our lives can have a massive role in saving.
There is a list of things we should all stop doing in our lives. This includes washing our vehicles i.e. cars on a regular basis, putting off fixing our leaking water pipes, leaving sprinklers, pipes, etc. on unattended in our lawns for hours on end.
2. Educating Yourself and Your Community
Ignorance is one of the greatest reasons why so many valuable resources including water are wasted and lost. We live in a generation where abundant information is available at the touch of our fingers. Those Pakistanis with access to technology and the internet should take advantage of this and educate themselves on how to conserve water as well as the severity of Pakistan’s water crisis in order to sensitize themselves on water wastage.
Moreover, it’s our duty to also educate the people around us who are not as fortunate as to have direct access to information. Visiting non-profit schools, holding free public seminars and having direct conversations with community members are all ways through which we can ensure that water conservation is taking place at a national level.
3. Keeping Away From Water-Intensive Leisurely Activities
I really couldn’t care less if it’s “summer vacation” or “way too hot outside.” Do NOT indulge your kids, younger siblings, etc. in water fights! There are civilians walking several miles uphill daily to simply collect a single bucket of water for their entire family – and then there are others wasting gallons and gallons for an evening of “outdoor fun.”
This cannot go on any longer. Not to mention the fact that a great amount of water is wasted by filling private pools in posh residential areas. Such “luxury living” should NOT be prioritized over a sufficient supply of water for all the citizens of Pakistan.
4. Harvesting Rainwater
Take a moment to think about just how much water we could conserve if we made good use of rainwater instead of letting it be drained away and/ or further contaminated. This should motivate one to turn to rainwater harvesting i.e. “collecting the run-off from a structure or other (impervious) surface in order to store it for later use.” For example, rooftop rainwater harvesting is common and easy as one just has to capture the free water falling on their roof and direct it to a rainwater storage tank.
This conserved rainwater can be used in a number of ways; for e.g. it can be utilized in industrial processes, man-made fountains and ponds, sprinkler systems, washing driveways and sidewalks, etc.