Water Water Everywhere, And Not A Drop To Drink

Dawn has been reporting incidents of people falling sick from contaminated water since the past week or so – personally, I’ve seen an eel and some weird microscopic organism surface from the tap in a house at Gulshan-e-Iqbal. For the love of God, we deserve clean drinking water, isn’t that a basic right of every citizen of this country?

6 Comments so far

  1. MJ Fanatic (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 12:56 pm

    No doubt about that. It is the basic and a fundamental right of every citizen, but I guess the Goverment Official’s who are accountable to provide the citizens with this essential need are busy in more imperative things and don’t have time for the inhabitant of this land.

  2. mohummed (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 2:41 pm

    I dont know , what the people in our government have enmity with karachi , the city which is feeding whole of the pakistan including capital islamabad. the former PM nawaz sharif used to snatch all rightful revenue of karachi & invested in lahore to re construct its infrastructure. & we the karachiites cant even drink pure water. what else can we do now ? even our president &prime minister r karachiites & they r hijacked by anti karachi people.

  3. hafsa (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 6:03 pm

    i could relate to the eel bit. :/

  4. Zag (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 6:12 pm

    you can’t blame almost everything to the government…. i know they aren’t doing their job well, but for this one, i agree with the KWSB explaination which was in the papers this morning….. that the contamination was a result of people breaking the water supply line to get illegal connections. First it was kundas for illegal power connection, for which the citizens who are doing the right thing and getting proper connection have to pay!!! and now this!!

  5. Anathema (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 8:28 pm

    I beg to differ, Zag. My father was hospitalised with acute Gastroentitis lsat month, an hour delay and his intestines would have burst. The same week prior to his hospitalisation, 23 people or so died of the same condition in the interior. It was not the illegal plumbing that cuased it. It was a pure condition of unhygenic water.

    Here’s another example. Dhabeji supplies water to Karachi. Gharo, a bit distant from Dhabeji, has an amazing farmhouse hut adjacent to the water purification plant. And I have seen that place. The reservoirs which have over two to three decade year old machines “purifying” the water, have nothing but rusted machines. teh water is uncovered. The flies hover over it. There are dead frogs and lizards floating in that very reseroir. I would have said it was a case of bad timing, but i cannot, for i go that farmhouse once every six months, and hvae been going there since the age of four. Which makes it over two decades of seeing the same contamination.

    Five of my friends drink either home boiled water, or office Fontalia. Food, since my dad’s hospitalisation has been nothing but home cooked and fresh and hygenic. Which means the very five friends developing a mild case of Gstroentitis (and it is an ugly situation mind you! the bowels inflate beyond control, letting bodily sytuff remain inside, and gas filling up to teh extent that a drop of water is rejected by teh body!) could only come from Fontalia. Ever since i started boiling my water in a microwave at office, that too Fontalia water, my Gastro conidtion subsided. The pain is terrible, makes you dizzy and weak.

    Sadly enough Sindh has a bad irrigqtion and canal system. The amount of silt is halting flow of the canals to the extent that the blind dolphin is dying at the hands of silt and contamination in irrigation systems.

    we need cleanliness, more purification systems (hygenic of course), and more filtering of the dams. Rusted machines are the last thing the body needs, with dead frogs floating in the tank that flows water into pipes flowing straight into Karachi.

    I used to live at Kashmir Road till six years ago, with the KWSB only a four minute walk. Haivng been here with my mother umpteeth times, I could see the rusted and broken water pipelines which were joined in such a healthy manner that the pipes were exposed to air and flies and mosquitos.

    Yes. certainly healthy. If I had a pensive, i would show you my memories of Kashmir Road and the mentioned place, back in 1990! and i was ten then!

  6. Zag (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 12:00 pm

    Anathema: Well, I guess since you have seen it with your eyes, i can’t argue….. and since you have suffered it, well, you know better than i do…

    btw, small world, i also used to live at Kashmir Road, but then again, i moved a long time back :)

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