Islamabad: Japanese Ambassador Wada Mitsuhiro said this week that the government of Japan would continue to cooperate with Pakistan in the supply of safe water to citizens and the improvement of the sewage treatment system.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the project of replacement of pumping machinery at the inline booster pumping station and terminal reservoir in Faisalabad and the groundbreaking ceremony of the project, the improvement of the water treatment plant and water distribution system in Faisalabad.
The ambassador said, “With these efforts, I hope the people of Pakistan will remember Japan as the source of clean water.”
He emphasized the importance of water supply services for Pakistan. He said that the government of Japan and JICA will continue to assist with water supply services conducted by the Government of Punjab and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Pakistan Office, Kinoshita Yasumitsu said “JICA is expecting WASA Faisalabad to take the leading role in sharing tips and lessons learned from our projects to be utilized for reforming water supply management not only in Faisalabad and Punjab province but throughout the country.”
He said, “I hope this grant aid project will be successful not only as a single project but as a significant milestone for having a positive impact on the improvement of water supply services in Pakistan in the future.”
He added JICA will keep contributing to the sustainable development of the water supply sector in Pakistan. The Government of Japan and JICA has supported water supply system
development in WASA Faisalabad (WASA-F) since 2004 to strengthen urban water service for sustainability.
The project of replacement of pumping machinery at the inline booster pumping station and terminal reservoir in Faisalabad accomplished the replacement of inefficient transmission pumps with new efficient ones, construction of pumping station, and rehabilitation of reservoirs using 1.616 billion Japanese Yen.
Through these components, reduction of electricity cost and increase of daily maximum water supply will be achieved.