Islamabad: The indigenous technology for the treatment of wastewater would now be introduced in other cities to thwart the increasing threat of waterborne diseases.
The government carried out a pilot project at National Agricultural Research Centre for the treatment of wastewater through bioremediation and it proved to be a great success that has achieved all desired results. Around 1.02 BCM of wastewater is directly used for irrigation purposes without any treatment.
Similarly, the data showed that 1.43 BCM of untreated municipal wastewater is discharged annually directly into the major rivers. The experts pointed out that the economic incentives were not introduced in the past for industries to acquire environment-friendly technology.
The problem of wastewater disposal tends to stem from distortions after the failure of targeted environmental policies. Thus laws and regulations were formulated about treatment and disposal of wastewater but their implementation due to lack of resources and skilled manpower remained the real issue.