We plan, implement and monitor the development of safe drinking water and sewerage projects for all areas of the province. We ensure health of public through supply of safe drinking water, sanitation services and consultations for developing safe healthy practices in daily chores and improving the living environment.


We envision to see Healthy, Clean and Disease free Balochistan through sustainable supply of clean drinking water and awareness for Conservation of Drinking Water through Community participation with effective identification, planning, design and implementation with operation and maintenance of sustainable Water Supply Schemes.

About Department

  • Up to 1970 priorities were accorded to provision of drinking water to major towns like Quetta, Sibi, Loralai and Zhob. Rural population remained deprived of safe drinking water and was compelled to take drinking water from dug-wells, spring, stagnant pools, and rain/flood water collected in ponds. In addition to major towns, drinking water facilities were only extended either to the Defense Personnel or government colonies with a nominal water supply provision to civilian population annexed to the towns.
  • After creation of the province of Balochistan, small water supply schemes were planned and maintained by the MES/ B&R / Communication and Works department. Later on the same were transferred to the Irrigation & Power (I&P) Department. A total number of 265 of such schemes were completed till 1987.
  • As the work load increased, situation demanded that a new department may be formed; hence, in 1987, Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED), Government of Balochistan was created out of I&P department.
  • Soon after the establishment of PHE department, it constructed four hundred and twenty four (424) mechanized water supply schemes. By 1992, such schemes totaled 701. As the number of completed schemes rose, the provincial government faced the scarcity of funds that limited its contribution to funds for operation and maintenance (O&M) water supply schemes. In 1992, Social Action Program (SAP) started with the initiative of Government of Pakistan and Multi Donor consortium through the World Bank. SAP introduced the concept of community participation so as to lessen burden of O&M on the government. Previously, O&M was responsibility of PHE department. The idea of ccommunity participation revolved around some sharing from the beneficiary communities, right from conceptualisation stage to its operation and maintenance. In 1995, PHE Department, Government of Balochistan formulated a "Uniform Policy", which clearly stated that thence forward PHE Department will spare no funds for O &amp M of newly constructed water supply schemes and that O&M will be the responsibility of the beneficiaries. Under SAP, during 1992-97, seven hundred and ten (710) water supply schemes were constructed. Out of total 1740 schemes, 715 schemes have been handed over to the communities based on Uniform Policy.

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History of Water Supply Schemes

 Year                                         Progressive Augmentation of         Water supply Schemes By: (Executing Agency)
1970 18 Defunct Public Health Engineering Department.
1970-1987 285 Provincial Irrigation & Power Deptt
1987-1992 701 Public Health Engineering Deptt.
1992-1997 1407 Public Health Engineering Deptt.
1997-2012 2650 Public Health Engineering Deptt.
2012-2013 2698 Public Health Engineering Deptt. facilitating 61% of the Population of Balochistan.
2013-2014 3125 Public Health Engineering Deptt facilitating 70% of the Population of Balochistan
2014-2015 3273 Public Health Engineering Deptt facilitating 72% of the Population of Balochistan