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Deputy Chairman ERRA, Lt Gen Haroon Aslam Lauds Efforts of Outgoing ERRA Officials: One Day Workshop Held under ERRA for Improving water quality monitoring and testing system
Islamabad: 20th May, 2010: While bidding farewell to three outgoing members of ERRA) Mr Mushtaq Mehmood, Mr Muhammad Waqas Hanif and Major Absar Hussain Usmani, Deputy Chairman ERRA, Lt Gen Muhammad Haroon Aslam said that it was due to the professionalism, commitment and dedication of experts from diverse fields in ERRA, that we were able to effectively handle earthquake 2005. Highly appreciating outstanding performance of the officers, and presenting shields to the outgoing officers, he said that young officers who dedicated themselves for the uplift and rehabilitation of affected people are asset to the country. He mixed up freely with the gathering and expressed his full commitment to lead the ERRA family towards its goal.

Meanwhile, ERRA also organized a one-day workshop to finalize the plan for the improvement of water supply quality and testing in earthquake affected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and AJ&K in collaboration with Federal Government, provincial and state governments together with experts from UNICEF and other international organizations. The plan will be presented in a high level conference for approval this month. ERRA has already collaboration with UNICEF and WHO to improve the quality of drinking water and has started a project for water quality improvement and promotion of Hygiene (WAQIPH), which is well on its way. More than 4,000 water supply schemes were damaged as a result of the devastating earthquake of October 2005. ERRA took up the challenging task of reconstruction and rehabilitation of these schemes and has successfully completed more than 3,850 schemes, whereas compared to pre-earthquake situation where only one water quality testing lab existed, today eight labs have been established showing ERRA’s resolve to Build back better. ERRA has also imparted training to senior officers and staff of respective Government departments for sustainability of efforts made.

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