Pakistani Water Crisis

In the eastern world, countries are falling short of basic needs. Pakistan in particular is losing the number one resource people can’t live without water. In the city of Karachi, people do not have access to fresh running water and due to climate change and failing infrastructure, the city is just running out.

Karachi has a staggering population that reaches about 16.45 million people and the majority of them don’t have access to clean drinking water. In the documentary, Pakistan’s City With No Water, by Undocumented World, hundreds of people group around waterboard officials waiting seven or more hours for water. Most of them won’t receive water either. The water is like gold, it goes to the highest bidder.

In more rural areas, water pipes don’t reach the outskirts of cities, so the people depend on illegal water hydrants, which are wells dug hundreds of feet into the ground. The sad part is if the water board officials find an illegal hydrant, they destroy it. An unnamed man claimed dirty water is better than no water.

Davik Bachar, one of the environmental specialists in Karachi, talked about how a 200-year-old well used to supply fresh rainwater to all the water pipes throughout the city. Now, since the water has such a high salt content, it isn’t safe for drinking. A vast majority of the water is contaminated somehow.

When the city allows the water to flow through the pipes, locals are only able to collect as much as they can within an hour and a half. Usually what they collect has to last them a couple of weeks. It will be their drinking, bathing, and cleaning water.

The water has become so dirty in some areas that crops and trees are dying. Lakes and other bodies of water are drying up from the insufficient supply of water. A river that was a flash flood hasn’t been flowing in over 12 years and climate change has only made it worse. As the temperature keeps rising, the city loses more water.

The people of Karachi deal with this crisis, but somehow every day makes it work. I believe that this documentary was super informative and people should definitely watch it. Spreading awareness about problems like this opens people’s eyes to reality. It makes you appreciate the basic resources that you think are infinite, including water.