Installation of Drinking Water Facilities in the City of Lahore for the Local Communities

WWF-Pakistan believes in promoting collective action for improving water management in cities. In this context, WWF-Pakistan initiated a project, in collaboration, with Coca Cola Beverages Private Limited (CCBPL) to increase the supply and access to safe drinking water in low lying areas of Lahore. Launched in May 2015, the project will conclude in March 2017 and will involve installation of water filtration plants and capacity building of communities.

Background:

According to a study conducted by UNICEF, 20-40 per cent of patients admitted to hospitals nationwide suffers from water related diseases that are responsible for one-third of all deaths. According to the World Bank, the total costs associated with waterborne diseases are estimated to be more than 1.8 per cent of the country’s GDP.

Objectives:

  • Increase access to safe drinking water for 135,000 individuals by installing 15 safe drinking water plants of 2,000 liters/hour.
  • Build capacity and inculcating community ownership for improved management and sustainability of water supply interventions.
The partnership will result in the installation of 15 water filtration plants followed by extensive community outreach and mobilization campaign. WWF-Pakistan aims to offer localized solutions to water issues with respect to water availability and accessibility at each target site.

WWF-Pakistan’s role include identification of sites and communities for the installation of drinking water facilities, promotion of the concept of water stewardship and community mobilization for public awareness with a particular focus on women’s participation.

Studies on water quality in the city of Lahore provided the motivation for the project which is expected to ensure protection against water-borne diseases and sustaining livelihoods. It aspires to be a significant step towards increasing the capacity of communities to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quality water for human well-being. WWF-Pakistan aims to offer a sustainable model for the long-term sustainability of the filtration plants by empowering the communities to take ownership of these plants.

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