LAHORE The country has touched the alarming state of 1,030 cubic meter per capita water availability while 1,000 cubic meter per capita is the threshold value. Water storages stand still since 1976 as we are storing only 13 per cent of total available surface water. The hydel generation stands at 11 per cent of the total potential while 20.3 million acres of land is yet to be developed for cultivation, officials in water and power sector informed TheNation. According to the WAPDA officials, the natural sedimentation decreased the Tarbela Dams storage capacity 32 per cent, 9.69maf to 6.70maf. Magla Dam has lost its storage capacity 14 per cent (5.87maf in 1967 to and 5.02 maf in 2011) while the live storage at Chashma Dam has reached 0.25 maf from 0.72 maf in 1971. Annual average downstream Kotri flow is 31.3maf against the requirement of mere of 8.6maf. The Water and Power Development Authority is all set to complete Gomal Zam Dam, Sparta Dam by the end of the year with 0.892maf and 0.053maf storage capacity each while the Mangla Dam Raising in AJK, Kurram Tangi Dam in FATA will add 2.88maf and 0.90 maf in total stored water. Diamer-Basha Dams in GB and KPK would increase 6.40 maf stored water availability on their completion by 2021. Besides, the WAPDA vows to build dozens reservoirs in next five to 10 years, yet 30 percent more water will be required over the next 20 years to meet the increased agricultural, domestic and industrial demand, the official sources informed. As per WAPDA, on the completion of the hydropower projects, the country would be able to produce 59,208MW electricity. Only a few decades ago, Pakistan was considered to have an abundance of quality water, but now we are among the 10 countries which are facing water shortages. Moreover, per capita availability of water has gradually dwindled from 5,260-cubic metres in 1951 to 1,030-cubic metres in the current years, and is estimated to reach 550-cubic metres in next 20 year. We are storing 30 days of river water while India stores 120 days and the US stores 900 days of river water. The United Nations Conference on Environment Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, declared March 22 as World Water Day (WWD). Since then, the day has been celebrated across the world. On this day, Pakistan needs durable strategy to overcome the looming water shortage problem. walk at LCWU: Shortage of standard drinking water is the serious problem in the world and a couple of societies of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Lahore are contributing a lot to focus international attention on the issue. This was expressed by Dean of natural sciences Dr Kausar Jamal Cheema and chair person of Environment Science Department Dr. Arifa Tahir on the occasion of the walk at LCWU in connection of World Water Day. Lahore Environment Awareness Forum (LEAF) and Society for Environment Awareness (SEA) has arranged many workshops, seminars and special lectures to highlight the importance of better environment; they added.