Government of Pakistan
Ministry of Science and Technology


Water Research for Changing World



PCRWR's Profile

Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) was established in 1964 and is working as a body corporate vide PCRWR Act 2007 under Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). The management of the Council consists of the Board of Governors, the Chairman and the Executive Committee. Since its inception, PCRWR has played its role as a national research organization by undertaking and promoting research in various disciplines of water sector, more specifically, irrigation, drainage, surface and groundwater management, groundwater recharge, watershed management, desertification control, rainwater harvesting, water quality assessment and monitoring, water conservation and development of water quality improvement technologies, etc. With its Headquarter in Islamabad, its eight Regional Offices/Research Centers are located at Tandojam, Quetta, Bahawalpur, Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad.


  1. To undertake, collaborate and coordinate site-specific research in all fields of water resources.
  2. To develop a system for the collection and dissemination of hydrological data, for designing and planning water development schemes.
  3. To study problems concerning channelization and distribution of water resources in the country.
  4. To identify suitable engineering approaches with regard to water diversion and distribution for the minor irrigation projects.
  5. To develop water resources utilization strategies by adopting advance irrigation techniques.
  6. To design a stable base for irrigated agriculture in areas affected by hill torrents, erratic flash floods and hostile climatic conditions.
  7. To study the rural water supply problems including water quality and water quantity.
  8. To estimate hydrological parameters of closed basins, for prediction of runoff and rainwater harvesting potential.
  9. study and identify development of mini hydel-power systems.
  10. To develop material and equipment for adoption of advanced irrigation and drainage techniques etc.