28 May 2019, Quetta— The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with private sector partners inaugurated a water recycling plant at Byco service station in Quetta.

The newly installed water recycling system, a first-of-its-kind in Balochistan, is an extension of UNDP’s ongoing efforts to promote conservation and re-use of water in different sectors of the economy — including the car service sector.

The water recycling plant at Byco service station in Quetta was inaugurated by Mr. Ignacio Artaza, Resident Representative a.i., UNDP Pakistan together with representatives of Byco service station. “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) place great emphasis on ensuring availability and sustainable management of water. Working together with the private sector, and by engaging multiple stakeholders, we aim to identify home-grown, low-cost, and innovative solutions to address these complex challenges faced by Balochistan province,” said Ignacio Artaza, Resident Representative a.i., UNDP.

Balochistan faces mounting challenges in terms of water availability. The province mostly depends on ground water sources to sustain its needs. Over the past decade or so, recurring droughts have caused intractable challenges with regards to water availability in the province. At car service stations, a standard car uses about 80 liters of water per wash, which directly leads to water wastage. Given these trends, water recycling plants at service stations can help conserve up to 60-70% of water for re-use.

For additional information, please contact Ayesha Babar at ayesha.babar@undp.org  or +92 (51) 835 5650

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