Housing constructions must store rainwater, say CDA and FGEHA. Dr. Mohsin Hafeez, Country Representative of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), advised Thursday that developers of new structures be required to include underground rainfall storage tanks, news media reported on October 14. Their housing schemes structures should include underground rainfall storage tanks to prevent from any hazard caused by rainfall. Previously the societies which do not took this thing into consideration are facing huge problems whenever the heavy rain falls.
Rainwater tanks are required for all new building projects under the RDA.
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Dr. Hafeez stated during a seminar that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Federal Government Employee Housing Authority (FGEHA) should require project developers to construct such rainwater harvesting storage facilities to conserve water and address the capital’s water scarcity issues.
He stated that Islamabad receives significantly more rainfall each year, yet the excess water evaporates or creates flash and urban flooding, resulting in property destruction. Constructing underground water storage tanks can conserve water for home purposes such as plant watering and car washing.
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Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman of the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), addressed the audience and mentioned that his department is partnering with the CDA to gain access to the city’s water resources to develop more effective water policies.
In a related development, Member Engineering of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), Engr Syed Munawar Shah, stated that the authority had developed a Project Concept-1 (PC-1) to address water scarcity issues in various sectors of the capital, including Sectors G-10, G-11, I-10, and G-13 – which are currently experiencing extreme water scarcity.
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