Unlike the standard approach in executing development projects, the Punjab Saaf Pani Company - North has adopted an elaborate exercise of Evidence Based Need Assessment to ensure sustainability of water supply schemes. The assessment was conducted by a Technical Working Group constituted by the Punjab Saaf Pani Company - North to organize technical assistance and information support of various national and international agencies. The group consisted of UNICEF, WHO, World Bank Proactive Governance Program, Punjab Information Technology Board, the Urban Unit, a team of researchers from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Departments of Public Health Engineering, Health, Local Government & Community Development etc. Based on this exercise, a priority area mapping with multiple indexes of water quality, waterborne diseases, rural water supply coverage and poverty was developed.
Simultaneously, the PSPC - North is preparing a Master Plan for sustainable safe drinking water solutions for the rural, semi-rural and peri-urban population of the province in a comprehensive and integrated manner. This brings PSPC - North to the challenge of institutional redesigning of the entire water supply sector in rural and peri-urban areas, which are not covered by WASAs in metro cities, or by TMAs in small and medium-sized towns.
After a comprehensive planning process, the Punjab Saaf Pani Company - North has entered into the implementation phase starting with feasibility survey and identification for execution of schemes in the Bahawalpur Region that consists of district of Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalnagar and Lodhran. Along with selecting dysfunctional schemes for rehabilitation and up-gradation, construction of new water supply schemes, Filtration plants and other solutions have been proposed.
The physical work on the identified projects in four priority tehsils of Hasilpur, Lodhran, Khanpur and Minchanabad have been started. The execution period for water supply solutions in these regions is six-ten months and it is expected to deliver benefits from December 2015.