The Punjab irrigation department has said that a steep decline to around 9-10% in water losses has been successfully achieved with the help of different ongoing projects including the Jalalpur Canal project.
A major project under the Punjab Irrigation Department to reduce water loss is currently underway in the Potohar region.
The irrigation scheme also includes the Jalalpur Canal project. The provincial department runs a 100-year-old integrated irrigation system with a total of 13 barrages and 10 link canals.
The canals carry water from three western rivers — the Indus, Jhelum and Chenab — to the Ravi, Beas and Sutlej, which have dried up under the Indus Basin Treaty.
The water losses in the system are 9% to 10%. The Potohar irrigation project has been launched to reduce the losses. Work is also continuing to rehabilitate Panjnad Barrage.