Karachi’s Water Crisis – Where is the Water?
We all have heard about Karachi’s water crisis and seen many articles and videos being churned out in the media, but do we really know what it’s all about?
Engro Foundation invited water expert Tofiq Pasha Mooraj to come speak to employees in a session titled ‘Where is the Water’ and explain to them why there is a water crisis looming in Karachi and what can and should be done about it. Mr Pasha stated that there is a huge shortage of water in Karachi, with citizens seeing a huge change in the last 10 to 20 years – where water used to be free flowing 24 hours’ day, now water only comes in small quantities for 30 minutes a day. He added that the majority of poor people in Karachi no longer have running water in their homes and have to wait days, if not weeks, for water to come and often have to stand in line for hours simply to buy a bucket of water which will have to suffice for their family’s drinking, washing, cooking, cleaning water consumption.
One of the reasons for this problem is that unlike other metropolitan cities, Karachi has been built very far away from its water source, with many areas simply not having a water line system. Additionally, Mr Pasha stated that one of the main reasons for the depleting water supply is a highly uneven distribution of water, with some areas having plentiful water and some areas having no water, as well as constantly increasing population. Karachi currently has a population of around 20 million which is expected to exceed 32 million people by 2025 and obviously, this growing population has a growing need for water but until now, no plans have been made to meet this growing demand.
Mr Pasha reiterated and tried to highlight the importance of water which is needed in every single aspect of our lives. He said that we have to come together to work on this problem as without water, life as we know it will come to an end and if something isn’t done now, immediately, people will start dying and the crisis will continue to worsen and negatively impact every single one of us.