RDA will not approve new commercial or residential projects without proper plan for rainwater management said Chairman, RDA Tariq Mehmood Murtaza.
Moreover, he informed that the Authority has finalized rules to use precious rainwater. “Rawalpindi becomes second rainwater harvesting city in the Punjab,” RDA Chairman said. He said that after the implementation of RDA’s initiative with regards to rainwater harvesting, Rawalpindi will be the second city in Punjab to introduce Eco-friendly measures.
Furthermore, keeping in view the depleting fresh water resources, it has become most important to collect and use rainwater, he added.
In addition, talking about mosques, he said that there was more consumption and need for water in mosques. Hence, to meet their needs it could be further enhanced
RDA USING RAINWATER HARVESTING
There would be a bigger model of rainwater harvesting. The water coming out of the mosques was free of chemicals and ideal for irrigation, he said. Similarly,mosques will use the rainwater collected for ablution and usage in washrooms. They will collect the ablution water and use it for watering plants and grass in the parks.
Rainwater harvesting is a new phenomenon for the people of Rawalpindi. However, it is very useful for saving water for irrigation, gardening, at car wash stations and flush tanks, he said. In short it could be used for anything except human consumption, for which there would be a need of filtration process.
According to RDA official, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) had showed willingness to fund the RDA program for using rainwater for ablution in mosques. Large public parks will use this waste water coming from mosques, for irrigation.
The UN body will extend technical and financial help for using and recycling rainwater.
RDA had already started rainwater harvesting with the help of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency. The agency had extended a gift of PKR 50 million for the project, he said.