This week Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) in Pakistan announced that water capacity of the Tarbela Dam, one of Pakistan's most important dams, has fallen by 30percent. WAPDA warned the Senate in Islamabad on Wednesday that while water consumption is increasing in Pakistan, the Countries ability to store water is decreasing, urging leaders to build more dams in Pakistan. 0Activists and concerned citizens in Pakistan have taken to social media to ask if it's time for Pakistan to build dams.

More than 80 percent of water in Pakistan is considered unsafe. Meanwhile, in 2017, the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) announced that Pakistan would run out of water by 2025.

According to Water Aid, Pakistan is one of the 36 most water-stressed countries in the world. Pakistan is also in the top 10 of countries with the most people living without clean drinking water. Currently, 16 million people in Pakistan have no other option than collecting unsafe water for drinking and cleaning, leading to massive amounts of water-borne disease.

Available water per capita has dropped from 5,600 to 903 cubic meters, as of 2016. At the current levels of consumption, this number is expected to drop to 500 cubic meters per person in the coming years.

With 60percent of Pakistan's population directly involved in the agricultural sphere, up to 95percent of Pakistan's water is used in agriculture. However, it it estimated that 50percent of the water directed towards agricultural purposes is lost, due to defects in irrigation systems, including misuse, defective canals, and leaking pipes.

While water supply and storage are shrinking, Pakistan's population is rapidly growing, placing greater stress on the already taxed water system. Experts believe Pakistan's existing water policy and systems will be unable to sustain the current levels of growth .Since so many of Pakistan's citizens rely on agriculture for gainful activity, water scarcity in Pakistan would spell economic disaster and famine. A water crisis could even become an issue of national security, since trans boundary water resources have historically been a significant source of tension with nuclear rival India.

Since Pakistan has started the construction of Mohmand and Diamer Bhasha Dam. Diamer Bhasha Dam is expected generate 4500 MW of electricity and has a storage capacity of 8.1 MAF. It is my humble request to every citizen living in Pakistan to donate as much as they can as water now has become a national issue.