Pakistan needs nearly $6 billion annual investment for water supply, sanitation: ADB

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 23 (APP): Pakistan needs more or less US $6 billion annual investment for water supply and sanitation in the country, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reported.

According to the projected annual investment needs for water supply and sanitation of Pakistan, the projected investment would account for around 2.3 percent to the country’s GDP.

The report titled “Asian Water Development Outlook 2020, advancing water security across Asia and Pacific”, maintained that the total annual estimated investment required over 2015–2030 to achieve universal access to safely managed water supply and sanitation services in Asia and the Pacific amounts to $198 billion per year.

This estimate, which includes capital, maintenance, and operation costs, is based on World Bank figures derived from “the gap in access to services as of 2015 and the cost of connecting those without access, as well as improving the level of service for those with access to reach SDG 6.1 and 6.2 targets.

The report added that China ($60 billion per year) and India ($22 billion per year) have the highest annual investment needs for water supply and sanitation.

It also illustrates that, except for a few notable outliers (Timor-Leste, Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan), most ADB members have to allocate 1%–2% of GDP to invest in water supply and sanitation infrastructure during 2015–2030, based on growth forecasts.

The report further argues that improving water security in Asia and the Pacific requires huge investments for 2021–2030. Funding these investments is an issue rising on the political agenda. Besides social and environmental reasons to improve water security, there is also a compelling economic case for water investments.

Water risks must be assessed and controlled to lessen economic impacts. For example, during 2003–2013, weather-related disasters have amounted to $750 billion losses in the region, with Myanmar, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand among the most affected.

The report added that water management is key for water security, climate resilience and economic growth. A sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Asia and the Pacific requires managing water resources and mitigating water risk.

The Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) is a flagship publication of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asia-Pacific Water Forum to highlight critical water management issues for ADB members in Asia and the Pacific. AWDO is a living document that reflects evolving dynamics to track the region’s water security.

ADB published 2007, 2013, and 2016 AWDO editions, each building on the previous one to provide economy snapshots of Asia and the Pacific’s water security status.