Conference on World Water Day 2017 with the theme “Why Wastewater”
Each year, World Water Day is celebrated with a specific aspect of water throughout the World. Under the theme ‘Wastewater’, the year 2017 provides an important opportunity to consolidate and build upon the previous World Water Days to highlight the two-way relationship between water and the decent work agenda in the quest for sustainable development.
Wastewater is one of the major water challenges faced by Pakistan particularly near the urban areas. Presently, most of the wastewater is discharged untreated into drains, streams and rivers, which deteriorate the water quality. It is many times reported that untreated effluents from industries and sewerage reduces the Dissolved Oxygen (DO) level and increases Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), besides containing toxic chemicals. Those toxic chemicals reach the humans through drinking water and food.
Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) and ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) along with other supporting partners (Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad, ICIMOD, Riphah International University, UNESCO Water Chair, IUCN and LEAD) have planned to convene World Water Day on March 20, 2017. The event will provide a platform for exchange of experiences and dialogue to address wastewater management. The intended objectives of the event are knowledge sharing and skill enhancement on wastewater management and sensitization on wastewater management as an untapped resource. Intended participants will be among decision-makers, water experts, students, local governments, institutions, community members and youth etc. The concept note along with the programme are attached.
[ Concept Note ] [ Programme ]