Pakistan Develops Automatic Tool For Water Distribution
Through the funding of Australia’s Australian government, Pakistan has created an automated tool to distribute water equally between the provinces. The reason for developing this program was to eliminate the manual method of distribution of water.
In addition, the government given this software to the provincial governments and the federal government for distribution of water. The software can help determine the flows of the rivers, system losses and gains, and supply irrigation to crop. This is an innovation that can help distribute the water across various regions in Pakistan.
However, the Indus River Systems Authority (Irsa) utilized this software along in conjunction with the manual method for the past three years. Now, the manual method of water distribution, system operation and flow predictions for the river is coming at an end.
Indus River System Authority (IRSA) held an event within its office in Islamabad on the 12th of September. The chairman IrsaZahid Hussain Junejo spoke about the progress and adoption on the Water Agreement Apportionment (WAA) device, and as well the future developments suggested from the group. All members of the Isramembers, technical staff, Wapda adviser, and representatives from PIDs attended the meeting. In addition, they were represented by Dr. Mobinud Din Ahmad the project’s leader was the representative of CSIRO.
On the other hand ACIAR’s Research Program manager of Water Dr. Neil Lazarow, and Pakistan Country Manager Dr. MunawarKazmi also attended the meeting. The ceremony took place at MoWR following a technical debate to hand over this report to the WAA Tool report and tool reports to ministry’s Joint Secretary Muhammad Mehr Ali Shah, Irsa, Wapda, and representatives of the PIDs.
The software tool was designed through collaboration between the ministry of water resources (MoWR); Irsa; Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) as well as province-wide irrigation department (PIDs) and the Australian government, which provided funding through Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
It was suggested by the ACIAR rep suggested that an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Plan, following the consideration of every operational aspect to study their interplay and the ways in which they affect one another, must be designed.
It is the obligation of the generation that is currently in charge to pass on the efficient, integrated and sustainable management of the water resources onto future generations to ensure longevity and sustainability of Indus Basin Irrigation System (IBIS).
Thus, all the members of Irsa were pleased with the joint exercise conducted by both the Pakistani and Australian parties. The co-development exercise let both countries benefit from each other’s experiences in the field and implement it to benefit.
The software created in Pakistan is an automated tool that allows for further work is possible, such as the mid-seasonal planning that is agreed upon and requested during the occasion. If Pakistan implements the addition of gains and losses based on reach, as well as water account auditing capabilities, the tool will be more efficient.