The Center for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) at COMSATS University in Islamabad organized a one-day training workshop entitled “Drinking Water Quality” on 5th May 2015 in collaboration with the Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) and Institute of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (IWASH), Islamabad.
Given the deteriorating quality of drinking water in Pakistan, this is was a timely workshop that created awareness amongst the academia and students regarding water quality in the country. Experts say that in Pakistan, 30% of all diseases and 40% of all deaths are due to poor water quality. Diarrhoea, a water borne disease is reported as the leading cause of death in infants and children, while every fifth citizen suffers from illness caused by drinking polluted water. Unfortunately, little attention is paid to drinking water quality issues and there is a lack of water quality monitoring in the country.
Since it is very important to independently assess drinking water sources before using them, the participants of the workshop were able to learn basic techniques used for the sampling, preservation and on the spot quality testing of drinking water. The workshop was beneficial for young researchers, scientists, engineers and technicians working in the field of water quality across the country. Attending this training program enhanced their sampling skills and improved their analysis of both the biological and chemical water quality parameters.
The workshop included a visit to the National Water Quality Laboratories, PCRWR Headquarters. The workshop began with opening remarks by Ambassador (retired) Shahid Kamal, Advisor to the CCRD and then presentations were given by Engineer Faizan-ul-Hasan (Deupty Director, PCRWR), Shafqat Ali (Director, IWASH), Dr. Toqeer Ahmed (CCRD) and Dr. A.H.Malik (CCRD). The chief guest was Dr. Ishfaq Ahmed (DG, PCRWR).