COMSATS University Islamabad
Win Grant From D-8 Secretariat
COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) has been awarded a joint research project title, “Feasibility Study for the Provision of Safe Drinking Water through Water Conservation (SDWC)” under the D-8 Project Support Fund by the D-8 Secretariat (also known as Developing-8), which is an organization for development cooperation among the countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. Two other partners/ collaborators for this project are from Egypt’s National Research Center (NRC) and from Nigeria’s Imo State University. Government of Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and COMSATS Secretariat facilitated CUI in winning this grant, which CUI truly acknowledges their efforts.
Dr. Toqeer Ahmed, Assistant Professor, CCRD (Centre for Climate Research and Development), CUI is the Principal Investigator of this one-year project. As a model, this project aims to carry out feasibility study for provision of non-stop (24/7) municipal drinking water supply to the residents of Pakistan’s Federal Area I-8 Sector. It was revealed through a completed project “Smart Water Metering and Pricing Project” that CDA is lacking its capacity to provide municipal water to them. Therefore, private tanker mafia has the monopoly in providing expensive water in this sector.
Thus, in order to resolve the issues, a revenue-based 24/7 municipal drinking water supply to urban areas was recommended. The subject feasibility study will digitize the existing water supply distribution network of the I-8 sector using GIS technology, cost-benefit analysis for implementation of water metering and pricing in addition to the provision of safe drinking water as a model in the study area. In addition to this study, awareness sessions on water conservation for local community will be arranged in schools, mosques, and community.
The partner countries Egypt and Nigeria will be benefiting by implementation of the same project / study in their countries to conserve water by using available recourses.
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