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Pakistan: Rawal Dam water quality is satisfactory, says EPA April 15,2019   |  Source: Pakistan Today

The water quality standards of Rawal Dam have been reported to be satisfactory as contamination levels are recorded as less harmful and hazardous. ‘PAK-EPA teams have been collecting samples from Rawal Dam to ascertain pollutant levels in the water, however, based on recent observations there is no serious threat posed to the water quality,’ a PAK-EPA official told the media.

“Water quality management and observation was the mandate of Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) which also shared its report regularly with PAK-EPA,” she added. Moreover, the water was chlorinated through water treatment plant set up at the reservoir which used to treat all of the water coming through the dam. There was no possible room left for unhygienic water supply under these circumstances, she added. It may be mentioned that extreme levels of water contamination had caused large number of fish to die last year which raised concerns among the masses.

Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Fisheries Department Director Ghoufran Shehzad told the media that the housings established in the catchment areas of Rawal Dam including Banni Gala and other areas were dumping their household untreated waste into the dam which was explicitly damaging marine life. “Soaking pits could help reduce the risk

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