This project investigates the water crisis in Gwadar- the city which is known as the heart of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Booming Chinese investment and government inaction are draining Gwadar of its scant, already contaminated water resources and sent 1 in 25 citizens to the hospital for waterborne diseases in the last six months.
What makes this project innovative?
This project connects water crisis with the increasing number of water-borne diseases in a city that is emerging as the economic hub for Chinese investment. There has never been any investigation about the water-borne diseases before, through this project for the first time, the issue was highlighted combining data and graphics to simply a complex investigation.
What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?
After this project went live in January 2018, the government announced to work on another desalination plant to purify water from the sea which is a great resource since Gwadar is a coastal city.
Source and methodology
This research started with the hypothesis, Balochistan government programs for water resource management have failed to counter the water crisis in Gwadar and the health program has failed to keep up with increasing number of water-related diseases. To test this hypothesis, several data-driven questions were developed and answered with data from different sources. After this entire data was analysed and simplified, some data-driven interviews were conducted to cover the human-side of the issue. After the this data was simplified and the story was developed, some visuals of data were developed to make the project more interactive and understandable. The sources/organizations I got the data from were; Government of Balochistan Budget Data, Pakistan Social and Living Standard Measurement Survey from Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Sea-water Intrusion on the Geochemistry of Ground Water of Gwadar (Research paper published in Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering), World Health Organization, A Study by Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Laboratories Complex in Karachi, Public Engineering Department and People's Primary Health Initiative.
Data scraping tools were used and Excel was used for most of the data simplification. Piktochart and Infogram were used for the visuals.