Government of Pakistan

Ministry of Science and Technology

PAKISTAN COUNCIL OF RESEARCH IN WATER RESOURCES (PCRWR)

"Water Research for Changing World"

Research Establishments

Regional Centers

PCRWR has established eight Regional Centres at Lahore, Bahawalpur, Tandojam, Quetta, Peshawar, Gilgit, Muzafarabad and Karachi to cater for regional issues as per its mandate. Each Centre has its own strategic importance and has been assigned research and development objectives in accordance with the peculiar water sector issues of the region. These centers are equipped with state of the art water and soil testing laboratories, lysimeter stations, experimental farms, groundwater investigation cells, drainage installation machinery, computers and documentation and information centers.

Research and Demonstration Farms

PCRWR has established Research and Demonstration Farms in different agro-climatic zones of the country: Mera Kachori, Peshawar (12 acres); Dingarh (500 acres), Toba Allahyar (100 acres), Hyderwali (200 acres), Naraywala (200 acres), Cholistan; Sariab Road, Quetta (8 acres); Nushki, Balochistan (500 acres); Mithi, Tharparkar (200 acres); Tandojam, Hyderabad (40 acres); Sial Mor, Sargodha (21 acres); and Chak Beli, Gujar Khan (22 acres).

These R&D farms are equipped with farm machineries, meteorological observatories, lysimeter stations etc. The experiments on different irrigation techniques; soil-water plant relationship, soil and water conservation, rangeland/grassland development, watershed management, rainwater harvesting etc. are under implementation in the irrigated, arid and mountainous areas of the country.

Network of Water Quality Laboratories

The National Water Quality Laboratory (NWQL) has been established at PCRWR Headquarters Islamabad, which has qualified for various international accreditations. The laboratory is capable of testing all water quality parameters for drinking, irrigation and other intended purposes. It has state of the art equipment and highly trained staff to carry out sophisticated analysis and tests. Similarly, the soil and water quality laboratories of the Regional Centers have been upgraded and strengthened.
A Network of water quality laboratories have also being established to provide water testing facilities at the grass root level in major cities i.e. Sialkot, Sahiwal, Multan, D. G. Khan, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Mianwali, Gujranwala, Karachi, Hyderabad, Nawab Shah, Badin, D. I. Khan, Muzaffarabad, Lora Lai, Abbottabad and Gilgit.

Commercialization and Innovation Cell (CIC)

The innovation is a key factor for national industrial competitiveness, a Commercialization and Innovation Cell (CIC) has also been established at PCRWR Headquarter Islamabad, to manufacture, market and sell its products and services. Sale points have also been established at Headquarter and Regional Office/Centres under Commercialization and Innovation Cell.

National Capacity Building Institute for Water Quality Management (NCBI)

The Institute is under establishment at PCRWR Headquarter Islamabad, with the collaboration of Korean International Corporation Agency (KOICA). The specific objectives of this project are: to establish a permanent national level setup for enhancement of the capacities of management of Pakistani water supply agencies for effective implementation of water quality monitoring and treatment programmes; to train in-service water supply professionals (mangers, engineers, scientists, field staff in water quality management) and fresh students to develop skills in planning and optimum utilization of available water supply infrastructure; and to produce certificate/diploma holder professionals for water quality management with target of provision of safe drinking water.

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