Swimming in Karachi waters may not be as safe as you think it is.
Senator Sitara Ayaz said that Karachi’s seawater is more hazardous than sewage. People should avoid swimming in it.
“A water sample of Karachi sea water was sent to a laboratory which further revealed that the water is more hazardous than sewage water,” said the senator while speaking on SAMAA TV’s morning show Naya Din on Tuesday.
A team comprising Senator Ayaz, and Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul visited the Pakistan Navy Dockyard, Karachi Shipyard, and Karachi Harbour in January 2019. The tests were conducted during that time.
“The industries in Karachi are generating around 200 million gallons of industrial effluents per day, of which 90% goes into the Arabian Sea without any treatment,” pointed out KU Professor Dr Aamir Alamgir.
“On the other side we are also dumping 250 million gallons of industrial effluents and untreated water into Lyari River which also ends up in Karachi’s sea,” added Alamgir. He teaches at the Institute of Environmental Studies.
Unchecked discharge and flow of untreated wastewater along with sewage from domestic, industrial and commercial sources into the sea has been registered as a major threat to marine life.
Alamgir mentioned that the three Karachi Water and Sewerage Board treatment plants have also become inactive.
Senator Ayaz remarked that the government is aware of the issue but no action has been taken so far. “Our committee’s job is just to monitor and to inform about the issue. Further legal actions have to be taken the provincial and federal governments.”
We have requested the federal government to take notice of the issue and conduct another laboratory test of Karachi’s sea water,” said Ayaz.
The government should make the effort to protect Mangrove forests and marine life, she remarked.