Water from under the ground is depleting fast in Punjab due to heavily pumping through tube wells and motor pumps, as a result people are facing water shortage and poor quality of water. To overcome this problem it is necessary to artificially recharge the aquifer. We as a nation must learn the term ‘giving back’ we only take and never give back the resources Allah has given us.

We must learn to preserve water for future need. Rainwater harvesting is a technique which enables us to collect rainfall water in tanks or manmade buckets which will give back the water into aquifer for ‘artificial groundwater recharge’. Prof Dr Allah Bakhsh, the Chairman of Department of Irrigation and Drainage, University of Agriculture (UAF), Faisalabad has installed a rainwater harvesting model on the roofs of the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, UAF to save rain water for artificial groundwater recharge. Recent rains were recorded at 18.5mm by the Department of Crop Physiology, UAF, about 2000 liters of water was collected during two hours, which indicates the success of storage of rainfall water.

This will enable us to recharging groundwater and fulfill our daily water needs. If we install this model all over Pakistan we will be able to store enough water for groundwater recharging. Pakistan lies in monsoon rainfall region. Most of rainfall occurs during June to September, being a water resource engineer, I will recommend that the government and the people of my country should all take steps to store rain water at public levels, we may preserve our groundwater. We have to take initiative and should work to store rainwater for not only aquifer recharge but also for other daily use this may also help us avoid the floods which have devastated our country.

ENGR. MUHAMMAD ABBAS VIRK,

Faisalabad, April 3.