Pakistan: only 19.4 per cent of people have access to clean drinking water, survey
Updated - Friday 06 January 2006
A nation-wide survey report on the state of the drinking water supply and usage in Pakistan has suggested that only 19.4 per cent  of the people have confirmed access to clean and safe drinking water. "77 per cent of the rural population does not have government water supply provisions, where 54 per cent have access to drinking water through hand pump or motor pump, 5.8 per cent through river/lake/canal, 14.4 per cent from fountain, 3 per cent from well and 1.3 per cent use bottled water for drinking purposes," the report says.
The quantitative part of the report issued on 20 December 2005 says that 88 per cent of the population is in favour of including voices of the masses in the policy making process to make these policies deliverable. The report is an outcome of more than 25 public consultation meetings held across the country, where more than 5000 citizens were contacted to provide input for the National Drinking Water Policy (NDWP), while around 2000 citizens responded by filling a scientific questionnaire.
The study report titled "By the People" has been conducted by The Network for Consumer Protection. It was submitted to the government in December 2005 to incorporate public aspirations for National Drinking Water Policy.
 A recent report by the Ministry of Science and Technology is quoted as saying that "about 70 per cent of the Pakistani population has no access to safe drinking water" [The News International, Pakistan, 15 Dec 2005]. To add to the confusion, UNICEF states that in 2002 90 per cent of Pakistanis had improved access to drinking water [http://www.childinfo.org/areas/water/countrydata.php].
Related news: Pakistan: national drinking water and sanitation policy coming soon, Source Weekly, 29 Jul 2005
Source: Paktribune.com, 21 Dec 2005
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