Safe drinking water is one of the basic requirements of healthy and hygienic living. Non-availability of safe drinking water leads to many waterborne diseases, in particular, those that affect the mother and child's health. According to official survey reports, 79% water samples collected from rural areas of 12 Districts in the province of Punjab were found to be unsafe for human consumption, while 88% water samples collected from rural areas of 21 Districts of the province were also found to be unsafe. Not surprisingly, then, mortality due to water borne diseases is very high.
According to a report of Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan, supported by the Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE), every 5th Pakistani child under the age of five suffers from waterborne diseases; and roughly 50 percent of mortality and 40% of hospital admissions are also caused by waterborne diseases. This situation is seriously hindering Pakistan’s endeavors to attain health and poverty-related Millennium Development Goals.
In order to address this situation, the Government of Punjab has endeavored to develop a program to improve water supply in terms of, both, access and quality of drinking water, especially in unserved and underserved areas i.e. rural and peri-urban areas of the province. The Punjab Saaf Pani Company - North has been established as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to conceive, plan, design, execute and manage projects for provision of safe drinking water to the communities living in those areas.