Water Resources Research Centre (WRRC), Peshawar


Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) was re-established at Peshawar in 2003 with the objective to address water issues of the Khyber Pukhtunkhawa (KP) and Gilgit-Baltistan, which are known as source of the Indus Basin Irrigation System (IBIS). Even being the hydrological origin of IBIS, only limited water resources are at the disposal of those areas, due to their peculiar geographical and topographical conditions. Therefore, there is a dire need to accelerate the pace of research and development for management and efficient utilization of limited water resources of those areas. WRRC Peshawar plays its role to initiate problem oriented research activities in different disciplines of water sector.


  1. Assessment, development and management of water resources and other water related issues of Khyber Pukhtunkhawa and Gilgit-Baltistan.
  2. Enhancement in water use efficiency and water productivity through problem oriented research activities in these areas.

A field research center on the already acquired piece of land of (12 acres), has been developed and presently in operation. After the completion of all civil work related to Lysimeter and establishing the meteorological observatory, the field research activities related to soilwater- plant relationship, irrigation scheduling, nitrate leaching, groundwater contribution and agro-meteorological data collection have been started regularly.

Soil and Water Quality Laboratory of the Regional Office

A Water Quality Laboratory has been established to conduct water quality analysis (for drinking and irrigation purposes). The laboratory is adequately equipped with latest water quality testing instruments/equipment and qualified/trained staff to carry out the analysis work. The laboratory has the capability to carry out analysis of following water quality parameters:

Physical Parameters: Colour, Odour, Taste, pH, Turbidity and Total Suspended Solids (TSS).
Chemical Parameters: Alkalinity, Ammonia, Bicarbonate, Calcium, Carbonate, COD, BOD, Chloride, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)/Conductivity, Nitrate, Nitrite, Phosphate, Free Chlorine, Hardness, DO, Total Chlorine, Sulphate, Sodium, and Potassium.
Trace Elements: Fluoride and Iron.
Microbiological Parameters: Coliform and E.coli.

Sub-regional Water Quality Laboratories

The water quality laboratories of Abbottabad, Muzaffarabad, D.I. Khan and Gilgit are also equipped with state of the art facilities and are providing service to the public and private sectors, under the administrative control of WRRC Peshawar.