ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has taken a significant step towards sustainable water management by making it compulsory for all housing units to construct recharge wells for rainwater harvesting.
The proposal to implement this initiative has been officially approved, and the CDA is committed to ensuring its full compliance.
According to the details, the decision was made during a board meeting in March, where the proposal to mandate the construction of recharge wells in every housing unit for rainwater harvesting was discussed.
Participants of the meeting highly appreciated the idea, emphasizing the importance of having rainwater harvesting tanks and small wells in each house to recharge groundwater.
Furthermore, no building map will be approved without the inclusion of the water recharging well and tank.
The proposal originated from the water management wing and was submitted to the CDA’s building control section.
The primary objective behind the proposal is to address the annual depletion rate of at least four feet in the groundwater table by utilizing recharge wells.
Besides, the CDA has already constructed 70 underground wells in various locations, including public parks, which have proven effective in replenishing the underground water table.
The current demand for water in Islamabad stands at approximately 200 million gallons per day (mg/d), while the CDA is only able to provide 90 mg/d to meet the needs of the city’s residents.
The population of Islamabad, according to the 2017 census, has surpassed 2 million, almost two and a half times the figure recorded in 1998.
An official stated, “The implementation of mandatory recharge wells in housing units will not only replenish the depleted groundwater but also help manage urban flooding in the city.”
Source: The News