Untreated Rawal lake water not fit for drinking

ISLAMABAD:The untreated water samples of Rawal lake collected by Capital

Development Authority (CDA) and analyzed at Water Quality Control Cell, Central Engineering Laboratory (MQC) Directorate Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) were reported unfit for human consumption due to presence of bacteria.

Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), a Research and Development (R&D) organization working under the aegis of Ministry of Science and Technology, collected water samples from Rawal lake during the crisis raised by fish mortality in the lake and analyzed those samples in its National Water Quality Laboratory (NWQL).

The water in Rawal lake was found not fit for drinking purpose due to presence of turbidity and bacterial contamination. However, the water sample taken on the same date after treatment by water and sanitation agency (WASA), was analyzed at NWQL, PCRWR and found fit for human consumption, an official of PCRWR informed reporter.

The raw water always has contamination of water which is being treated before distribution, a spokesperson of PRCWR informed when asked. She said solid waste, germs, bacteria, micro biological contaminations and solid waste management are found in lake water.

But the water is being treated properly through purification plants removing all impurities making it fit for consumption then distributed to the capital city.

However, she added there is a dire need to educate people not to throw solid waste in the streams and the water entered into the lake should be treated before adding it to Rawal lake for securing aquatic life and health of people from nearby communities who use the untreated water for swimming or washing purpose.