REGIONAL OFFICE LAHORE
Regional Office Lahore
Regional Office PCRWR, Lahore conducts site-specific research on all issues related to water for agriculture and domestic purpose in Northern Indus Plains including irrigation scheduling, efficient irrigation practices, groundwater monitoring and management, Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR), trans-boundary water related issues, water quality of ground and surface waters in own water quality laboratories which are well equipped for the analysis of drinking, irrigation and waste water for general public and also provide suitable solutions for water quality.
The Regional Office was established with specific objectives as follows:
- To determine the water requirements of major crops in the irrigated areas.
- To carry out applied research on efficient use of land and water resources.
- To design and develop various soil moisture instruments for efficient use of water.
- To provide consultancy services to public/farming communities to develop and utilize groundwater.
- To undertake monitoring of water quality in cities, rivers, and aquifers.
- Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR).
- Laser Land Leveling.
- Analysis of drinking, irrigation and waste water for general public/clients with suitable reclamation options.
- To maintain liaison and working relationship with various departments, universities, etc. in water sector.
- To document and disseminate research results to farming community/end users.
Major Research Areas
|Officials||Contact||Area of Expertise|
Engr. Khuram Ejaz
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Water Management|
Mr. Abid Bin Nazir
|Email: email@example.com||Groundwater Investigation|
Engr. Zia ul Haq
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Smart Agriculture Water Management, Groundwater, Automatic Data Acquisition System (Telemetry) GIS/RIS|
Ms. Shazia Ghaffar
Technical Manager/In charge Lab
Reviewing and updating test Method Manuals
Engr. Muhammad Hassan
|Email: email@example.com||Water Management|
|Tel: 051-9101282-83 (Ext 243)
Dr. Sajjad Ahmad,
Research Officer (Incharge Sahiwal WQL)
Mr. Tajamal Hussain,
Research Officer (Incharge Sialkot WQL)
Mr. Waqar Hussain,
Research Officer (Incharge Faisalabad WQL)
Mr. Amir Ijaz,
Research Officer (Incharge Faisalabad WQL)
Water Management and Conservation
1. Research & Demonstration Center
PCRWR established a Research & Demonstration (R&D) Centre in 2005 comprising land of 21 acres to research trials on water conservation strategies for Irrigated Agriculture. The Center is located about 4 km away from Sial interchange on M2 motorway in District Sargodha. Research activities at the Center are focused to enhance water use efficiency (WUE) by introducing adaptable water conservation techniques. Though, drip and sprinkler irrigation system have proved best WUE and saving of water 50-70 percent but its capital and operation cost is challenge of the farmer. PCRWR focuses on adaptable and economical viable techniques like bed and furrow irrigation, zero tillage (sowing of wheat followed by rice) and LASER land leveling by which 20-40 percent of water is saved in wheat and rice crop without compromising the yield. The Centre not only maintained its research impact on the farming community but also expanded its research findings to Punjab Agriculture department. Successful trials have been conducted to test water management technologies especially rice and wheat plantation on beds/ridges, Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) on beds and flat fields.
Rice on Beds
Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) on Beds
Citrus, Guava & Grapes Orchard at R&D Farm
a. Groundwater Investigation through Electrical Resistivity Survey
b. Managed Aquifer Recharge
About 60% irrigation, 90% drinking and 100% industrial water dependent on groundwater. The gap between abstraction and recharge has cast lowering of water table depth especially in large cities. Rainwater is an important source of recharging the groundwater and is used for many purposes including irrigation and farming. Whereas situation in Pakistan is reverse, during rainy season; water sweeps over roofs, streets, parking lots and makes its way towards the drains. Huge amount of fresh water is diverted to the drains where it mixes with sewage and heads straight towards the rivers. At many places, rainwater gathers as ponds and becomes a breeding ground for insects and vectors resulting in outbreak of diseases. Rapid urbanization and high population growth rate drastically increase the water demand for domestic, industrial and agricultural sectors. In Lahore city, 1800 public and private tube wells extracting about 3500 acre-feet water daily. The water level of the city is decreasing by an average of 3.03 feet per annum (WASA). The city encompasses approximately 1014 square kilometers area, receiving average annual rainfall of 630 mm, generating runoff of the 0.52 million are-feet which is disposed-off into the drains without any use at the cost of millions of the rupees. Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources has designed and tested the recharge/invert wells in various parts of the country to divert the rainwater into the sub-surface reservoir (aquifer). The findings revealed that millions of liters of runoff have been added in the aquifer with the following area specific techniques.
Recharge Wells Installed by PCRWR in Major Cities
Recharge Well at Regional Office, Lahore
Recharge Well at Parks Sites and Field Area
Water Quality Laboratories Under Regional Office Lahore
Water Quality Laboratory, Lahore
Madam Shahzia Ghaffar, Research Officer
6km off Thokar Niaz Baig, Main Raiwind Road, Lahore
Water Quality Laboratory, Sahiwal
Dr. Sajjad Ahmad, Lab Incharge (WQL)
Water Quality Laboratory, Jhal Road, Sahiwal
Water Quality Laboratory, Sargodha
Mr. Khuram Ejaz, Deputy Director (WQL)
WQ Laboratory, Satellite Town, Sargodha, Punjab
Water Quality Laboratory, Gujranwala
Mr. Amir Ijaz, Lab Incharge (WQL)
Peoples Colony, Kashmir Road near Sasta Model Bazaar, W-Block, Gujranwala
Water Quality Laboratory, Mianwali
Muhammad Farhan Khan, Lab Incharge (WQL)
Mohallah Munawarabad, Near Muslim Colony Mianwali
Water Quality Laboratory, Faisalabad
Mr. Waqar Hussain, Research Officer (WQL)
Jaranwala Khuranwala Bypass, Faisalabad, Punjab
Water Quality Laboratory, Sialkot
Mr. Tajamal Hussain, Lab Incharge (WQL)
Water lab, PCRWR, Inside Hockey Ground, Pasrur Road, Sialkot
Adopt a School Program
Two schools adopted under Adopt a school program
1.Federal Government Primary School for Boys Sher shah Colony Lahore
2.Govt Girls High School D Block, Sher Shah Colony Raiwind Road Lahore
- Schools’ administrative heads were invited for World Water Day celebration in PCRWR Lahore office
- Liquid soap dispensers were distributed in girls and boys schools for achieving WASH goal of proper hygiene and Covid SOPs
- During visit of Boys school, a brief lecture was delivered to students about water conservation practices and water quality issues n remedial measures
- PCRWR printed story books and reading material was shared and discussed with students of PREP and 1 class
- Filtration plants are working as per standards in both schools and reports of water quality are safe
Signing of MOU for NAVTTC course “Water Quality Testing & Treatment Technician” Batch II Under Prime Minister Hunermand Programme between NAVTTC Lahore and Punjab laboratories
NAVTTC course started on 14th of June 2021 and will end in November after 6 months duration. Course will include training of participants on instruments and parameters of water quality, treatment options and on job training of students in Bottled water Industry, Treatment plants and WASAS ,PHEDs laboratories .Course will empower students to set their future goals and enable them to self-employ and absorb in water sector.
Library, Documentation and Information Centre
PCRWR has precious library having large information and data resources not only for water sector but also for agriculture industry and social sectors.
Major functions of this Section are to collect process and disseminate national information related to water resources through library, databank, and regular/occasional publications of the PCRWR and other organizations. There are three sub-sections of LDIC, which provide the following facilitates in order to support the research and development activities.
Library: A collection of more than twelve thousand books, journals proceedings and technical / research reports on water resources and related fields.