Islamabad: Smart water metering and rational pricing in urban areas is needed to ensure equitable, leakage free domestic water supplies to the general public. National Water Policy 2018 also stresses on 100% water metering for urban, peri urban and rural areas. On this note, one day seminar was organized by Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad in collaboration with PCRWR and SDC Islamabad. While addressing the occasion, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Hussain Choudhary said that future of Pakistan lies in wisdom, education and Science and Technology. There is a need to develop technological skills in competitive areas. Ministry of Science and Technology envisions for its 15 research institutions as centers for research excellence, making way for the private sector to utilize their knowledge in developing technologies for general public. Mr. Daniel Valenghi, Head of International Cooperation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) remarked on the prolonged partnership of Pakistan and Switzerland in the area of Water and hope that such relations will foster in future as well. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PCRWR provided that water over use at domestic level increases volume of highly contaminated waste water. Water metering at domestic level is crucial to reduce such wastage and to reduce non-revenue able water. The Head CCRD, Prof Dr. Athar Hussain shed light on the importance of academia and research organization partnership leading to involvement of youth in evidence-based policy making. The seminar continued to a technical session in which Dr. Toqeer Ahmed, Assistant Professor, CCRD, CUI and Mr. Hassaan Sipra, Scientific Officer, CCRD deliberated on the experiences of smart water metering in Islamabad.
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