SZABIST - Diploma in Disaster Risk Management (In Collaboration with ERRA)



Development of a Water Quality Surveillance and Management System: A Brainstorming Session

On May 20 2010, a brainstorming session was organized by ERRA and UNICEF at Embassy Lodge, Islamabad to formulate an effective Water Quality Surveillance and Management System for Government Line Agencies in the earthquake affected areas (EQAAs). The session was organized in connection with ERRA’s Water Quality Improvement and Promotion of Hygiene (WAQIPH) Project.

DG WatSan ERRA, Syed Zaheer Hussain Gardezi chaired the Session which was attended by representatives of Local Government and Rural Development Department (LGRDD) Government of AJ&K, Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) AJ&K, LGRDD KPK, PHED KPK, World Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Environment, Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), LGRDD AJ&K, and the media.

The Session was a purely a technical discussion and its purpose was to
• Develop recommendations for a sustainable and comprehensive water quality management and surveillance system in AJ&K and KPK to ensure provision of safe drinking water to all, and to reduce incidence of water borne diseases.
• Prepare detailed estimates for establishment and operation of water quality labs in AJ&K and KPK to develop a water quality surveillance system.

The working of this technical Session was shared with the governments of AJ&K and KPK in a round table conference on the 27th of May 2010 at Bhurban to ensure the commitment of governments towards the establishment of a long term, sustainable plan for water quality surveillance and monitoring.

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