Rawal Lake, located in the federal capital’s zone 3, is considered one of the major sources of drinking water in the twin cities. Recent spells of extreme heat coupled with low rainfall have made it almost barren and dry.
Rawal Dam has reached an all-time low with almost half of the water reservoirs dried up, as per media reports.
The southern side of the lake, adjoining Bani Gala, is drying up extremely quickly. This side of the lake is also open to the public similar to how the Lake View Park is. However, with decreasing water levels, the number of visitors at the dam has declined significantly.
Rawal Lake has been one of the most famous picnic spots for families for the people of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. However, with lake drying up, the number of visitors is likely to decrease.
Eid holidays saw a huge influx of people from the two cities, but due to the water scarcity in the area, it wore a deserted look.
Only a few people have been observed and seen roaming around on the dried patches of the lake, a development which speaks volumes about the amount of water at the once mighty dam.
With Simly Dam also facing severe water shortage, the authorities have a huge challenge at hand to meet the water supply needs of the capital as well as Rawalpindi.
Earlier in April, Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Managing Director Raja Shaukat Mehmood had said that the water storage was enough to meet the requirements till the start of monsoon season. With sources suggesting that water demand in Rawalpindi will rise to 79 million gallons daily in the next 20 years, severe water crisis will hit the city if new water sources are not built during the next 3-4 years.
Met department’s prediction of Monsoon starting on June 30, and pre-monsoon continuing till the start of the season bodes well for the authorities as it will help regain water levels in the lake.
With more rains expected in the coming days and especially in the July-August, the waters from Northern Pakistan will fill up the water reservoir, however, the authorities need to use it efficiently for the residents of twin cities.