JICA offers funding for water filter pilot project

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Karachi   :   The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has offered the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) to provide funding for the establishment of 50 water filter plants in the community areas of the metropolis, said a press release issued here on Wednesday.


These water filter plants will be based on latest Japanese technology and this pilot project will be established with the help of JICA and Marinex Technologies.


With the help of this technology, water will be treated with Marinex chemical that filters water and also helps kill bacteria and germs.


A delegation of Japanese company Marinex, led by Company Administrator Jaro Matsuda and comprising Technical Adviser Takayuki Kboyakawa, Director Nippa Tech Riaz Alafaq Abbassi and Megumi Tamura called on Managing Director KWSB Misbahuddin Farid at his office along with the JICA representative.


According to the MD KWSB, this will be the JICA’s first pilot project in this sector in Karachi and JICA will approve the final plan after Marinex and KWSB sign an MoU in this regard.


The delegation chief, Jaro Matsuda, briefed that Marinex uses a chemical found deep in the seabed and it was being effectively used to filter river and stream water. “The chemical is available in both solid and liquid forms and it is not dangerous for humans and also does not affect the colour or taste of the water treated with Marinex,” he said.


The company plans to establish filter plants in different areas of the city with the help of JICA, which will have a positive impact in improving the quality of the water being supplied to the city.


Matsuda said that after holding technical discussion and details with the KWSB, the Marinex would present its feasibility report to the Japanese agency for approval, adding: “We have already given a demonstration by using the technology at KWSB COD filter plant”.


Extending thanks to the JICA, the MD KWSB said that the agency was aware with the water supply system of the metropolis, adding that the KWSB experts would evaluate the use of the technology and then submit a report in this regard.


He said that the JICA would bear the installation cost of 50 filter plants and the water utility would pay the amount for the chemical as well as the operational charges of chemicals. “We have to see how this system can benefit the city dwellers and the KWSB,” he added.


Deputy Managing Director KWSB Mashkoor-ul-Hasnain briefed the delegation about the filtration and chlorination system of the Water Board.

Courtesy:   The News

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