In the midst of the water crisis faced by the citizens of Pakistan, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa plans to conserve water and take action against water wastage.
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Environment Minister, Syed Muhammad Ishtiaq, in an interview on Sunday, told that they plan to install water meters at car wash stations in order to control the massive misuse of potable water.
He also said, “Pakistan was confronted with a major challenge of water shortage and wastage of clean drinking water could not be allowed at car washing stations in the province.”
The Environment Protection Agency has already begun to take legal action against car-washing stations that are either operating illegally or involved in wastage of water.
Notices to the concerned owners have also been sent directing them to install water meters as soon as possible.
The provincial government was keen to regulate this business by installing water meters at these stations at any cost and those who don’t comply government orders will be charged with heavy fines.
There has been a massive wastage of water in thousands of car wash stations across the K-P due to the lack of proper mechanism.
“The PTI government has taken a lead role by directing the owners of these stations to install water metres and upon failure heavy fines would be imposed besides sealing of the stations,” he said.
Misuse of water not only led to a reduction in groundwater table but also leads to water pollution due to the drains being chemically contaminated in the sewers.
Governments from other provinces also need to follow in K-P’s footsteps in order to ensure that water wastage can be minimized all across the country.