The KIF delegation also raised the issue of charges on subsoil water
and requested the chief minister to withdraw the decision.
MULTAN -- The subsoil water
of Dastiwala village, a neighbourhood of Muzaffargarh, is arsenic, brackish and unfit for human consumption.
In village Kamal Khan Chandio, located near Ratodero, journalists detected four members of a poor peasant's family of Athar Hussain Chandio who were suffering from Hepatitis C as the village has salty subsoil water
and the residents are forced to drink it since their birth.
The poor eating habits, consumption of unhygienic food, supply of substandard drinking water and subsoil water
were also some of the factors that contributed towards an increase in the cases of gastroenteritis.
The ACE Sindh said that the subsoil water
taking too was being done without any NOC and regulation.
Whereby, in the garb of subsoil water
selling, approximately 46 contractors, possessing a fleet of tankers, keep stealing potable water from main pipeline of KW and SB only to either mix with little of subsoil water
or park at subsoil station for further sell in city at highly profitable rates.
20 million acre feet are lost to brackish subsoil water
. Out of this, (20 million acre feet) half the quantity can be saved by lining of canals.
According to experts converting of irrigation drains into sewage drains have proved hazardous for human health because ENT, eye and skin diseases not only surface but subsoil water
also become arsenic.
Nizamani said the subsoil water
in Sindh was also far lower than Punjab with the former having 2.5 million acre feet and the latter 45 million acre feet.'Likewise, Sindh also receives low rainfall than upper parts of the country,' he told, elaborating that the province received between 5 to 9 inches of rain which Punjab received 15 to 18 inches.
In a nutshell, factories suck water through drill bores, which results in severe drop in the level of subsoil water
, causing hardships to the local residents.
She said that the diseases could be prevented with precautionary measures and advised people to use water after extracting it from deep as subsoil water
was mostly contaminated.