SCOPE, UNDP, Coca-Cola launch water filter plant for poor

July 28, 2013 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment SCOPE in collaboration with United Nations Development Program UNDP and Coca-Cola Pakistan launched a reverse osmosis water filter plant in Model Colony area here on Saturday night to provide quality drinking water to poor and deserving people at very low and subsidized rate of Rs5 per two gallon can.

Speaking on the occasion, Program Analyst of One UN Joint Program on Environment, M Usman Manzoor, said that the water filter plant project is aimed at providing purified, clean and quality water to poor people for their better health.

He said that the government should own these projects and invest to expand them to small towns and rural areas like Thar. He said that we would collaborate SCOPE in future too for such filter plants if this plant is run successfully; however, the government funding is also mandatory in this regard.

He lauded and thanked SCOPE for inaugurating first of its kind water plant in Model Colony, which would be beneficial for health of poor people.

SCOPE Chief Executive Tanveer Arif said that water filter plant had been installed to provide standard clean and purified drinking water to poor and deserving people at very low price of Rs5 per can.

He said that water quality of the plant is internationally standardized and very beneficial for the health of people. He said that first of all they carried out a survey of families about their incomes in Model Colony on the pattern of Benazir Income Support Program survey.

The filtered water will be provided to families having income below Rs15,000 per month, he said. “Water quality in Karachi has been deteriorating with each passing day, causing waterborne diseases, therefore, being environmentalists, we felt our responsibility and thought to initiate this model water filter plant to provide quality drinking water to poor people so that they could pass healthy life.”

SCOPE chief executive said: “We also want to launch such projects in small towns and rural areas of the country, like Thar and Umerkot where people have been compelled to drink contaminated water. “The government needs to come forward with concrete measures to work on water management and provide clean drinking water to the people so that they could be saved from water borne diseases,” Tanveer concluded.

Commenting on water filter plant, a representative of Coca-Cola Pakistan, said that Coca-Cola Pakistan’s corporate social responsibility is aimed at serving poor community for better environment and health facility.