Bioremediation technology developed by Pakistan for waste water treatment was developed by National Institute of Bioremediation (NIB) at the National Agricultural Research Centre (Narc). Pakistan has won the project out of 57 Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and has been selected by the OIC’s Standing Committee on Economic and Commercial Cooperation.
The committee has also funded the bioremediation technology project. Turkey, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates are interested in project; the climatic conditions in these countries are similar to those found in many Pakistani areas.
National Agriculture Research Council director General Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan said the project showed its positive results and technology had been appreciated at global level.
Rose and Jasmine Garden and Fatima Jinnah Park in F-9 Islamabad are those places where technology was executed. Bioremediation technology is a process, uses biological methods to treat sewage water, organic matter and contaminated soil. It’s cost effective and consumes less energy than other conventional and chemical methods.
According CDA, the technology will be applied on fifteen large and small streams passing through Islamabad, and the cleaned water would be used for greenbelts in order to save drinking water.
The use of technology will automatically decrease the strain on fresh water, said Dr Yousaf Riaz Director of NIB.
For project, two facilities had been developed at the Quaid-e-Azam University and one at National University of Science and Technology (Nust) to treat sewage water.