Supreme Court takes notice of water shortage across the country

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday took suo motu notice of a report by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) regarding acute water scarcity in Pakistan.

The report says that Pakistan had become water stressed in 1990 and crossed the water scarcity mark in 2005. It warns that the country may suffer an absolute scarcity of water by 2025.

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Of the 142 million acres feet (MAF) of water available in the country, only 42MAF was used, while the rest went to waste, the report says.

According to experts, the scale of the impact of water scarcity may not gaugeable, but the situated calls for a water emergency in the country, and multifarious measures under a national water management policy.

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