Newly Inaugurated Desalination Plant in Gwadar Only Covers 4 percent Water Shortage

Quetta: New desalination plant installed by China Overseas Port Holding Company in Gwadar will cover four percent of water shortage in Port City.
The desalination plant was inaugurated by Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Hasil Khan Bizenjo on Monday. This Desalination plant will supply potable drinking water to people of Gwadar.
This desalination plant was termed as “true reflection of CPEC and friendship between Pakistan and China and a gift for the people of Gwadar” by Senator Bizenjo.
This desalination plant can produce 254,000 gallons of clean drinking water on a daily basis which only covers four percent of the total water demand in Gwadar.
Total demand for water in Gwadar is 6.5 million gallons per day (MGD) whereas only 2 MGD is available at the moment leaving behind a shortage of 4.5 MGD.
According to the local journalists in Gwadar, the newly inaugurated desalination plant has not been connected to main water supply network of Gwadar yet.
Last week, Standing Committee of Senate on Planning and Development had criticized Balochistan government for delaying commencement of large desalination projects which can solve water shortage in Gwadar.
“Files of four proposals to supply water to Gwadar are lying on the table of Chief Secretary Balochistan for four months and still no action has been taken,” Shoaib Siddiqui Federal Secretary Planning had told the committee.
The committee also revealed that estimated demand for water in Gwadar would rise to 13MGD by 2022.
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Adnan Aamir is founder and Editor of Balochistan Voices. He also works as an independent journalist covering politics, economy, and development. He is Digital Security Fellow of Reporters Without Borders 2019. He has also completed Chevening South Asian Journalism fellowship from the University of Westminster in 2018.