``Try Life at Margins,
Try options that are impossible.
Yousaf Riaz has just done the impossible.``

Dr. Zafar Altaf

Dr. Zafar Altaf

Former Federal Secretary (r)
Ministry of Food & Agriculture
Chairman, PARC (2008-2011)
Ministry of NFS & R

The Bio-remediation project is one in which the intervention can be as iconoclastic as one likes to make usable water available that is polluted, is by itself a big challenge.
Try life at the margins and try options that are impossible.
Yousaf Riaz has just done the impossible.

Dr. Zafar Altaf

Yousaf Riaz

NBS inc. Associate
Former Director
NIB, NARC

Determination

Consistent Struggle

Reviving Sick Waters

a hard target

Yousaf’s consistent struggle started in 1995 for the cause to acknowledge the water’s
services to our lives and its care after use…
He went through very tough situations to learn different ways to discover any sustainable solution for maintaining the health of human contaminated water. It was challenging for an economist to recall the natural sciences studied 18 to 20 years ago. He committed with himself and remained hopeful, and did a commendable job introducing a Natural Way to manage used water under NEQS for reuse.
He traveled across the country and collected various aquatic plants, microbes and advanced bio-
friendly civil engineering for economically and technically viable mechanisms to treat used water.

Water Care Before and After Use

Mother Nature demonstrated to follow

challenge yourself; it is the only path which leads towards growth…
Unicef Pakistan, National office shared Yousaf’s book copies with various public and private relevant offices; it also shared Dr. Zafar Altaf, Chairman, PARC in 2007-08. He appreciated Yousaf’s efforts and called Yousaf to his office and asked him to replicate the concept at NARC to demonstrate its scientific, technical, and economic aspects to secure freshwater resources.
Yousaf accepted the challenge; he designed and developed the Bio-remediation Facility for the used-water of NARC hostels and offices. The facility’s civil work was completed within eight months in October 2008. The biological process to treat used-water was optimized within four months. The project was independently evaluated and found the parameters were within NEQS for reuse.

Financial Constraints are Temporary

financial hurdles could not stop, Yousaf serving healthy and sick waters

if money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability...
Yousaf remained under financial stress after executing projects in the government and development sectors; humans’ contaminated water revival is considered the lowest priority. Theoretically, senior management showed interest to fulfill their water care responsibility, but later, the financial approvals or disbursements got deadly slow. In some cases, Yousaf’s family and friends rescued him from paying off the outstanding bills of the contractors.

Tolerance of Social Stigmatization is Challenging

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed

Yousaf’s Bio-remediation Team enjoyed serving sick waters’ recovery and refused all types of discrimination…
Yousaf and his team faced the challenges of social stigmatization to treat, manage, and
rehabilitate sewage water; in general, the local communities dislike people working in this field.

Movement towards the vision

little by little, the bird builds its nest

Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights…
Under all circumstances, Yousaf and his team never gave up and continued
the mission of taking Care of Healthy and Sick Waters.

Yousaf Riaz

Yousaf Riaz started his professional career working with the highly socialized animals, Honey Bees.

A society where rights, obligations, and responsibilities performed at best, the bee community has outstanding equity and equality in practice, optimum utilization of resources in all walks of life.

Ready For Learning

Improving Lives
Made life meaningful to serve Water Sector of the
Water Scarce Country, being a responsible son of the soil.

After completing his education in Sciences of Economics from Quid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, he continued the learning process and completed two years of professional apiculture degree. He trained more than 1600 farmers, male and female, from various rural areas. During these on-the-job training programs, he realized the issue of polluted water’s negative impacts on peoples’ lives. He started working on discovering cost-effective solutions to treat used water to transform it into a useable condition in 1995. He consulted various research and development across the country and other countries. Ultimately, in 1997-98, he proved the concept of using local aquatic plants, microbial consortia, and integrating of bio-construction of Bio-remediation facilities for human polluted waters. Later, he established the National Institute of Bio-remediation at NARC in 2008-09.
In 2015, he got the Presidential Award for his sincere efforts to keep water healthy. After completing his education in Sciences of Economics from Quid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, he continued the learning process and completed two years of professional apiculture degree. He trained more than 1600 farmers, male and female, from various rural areas. During these on-the-job training programs, he realized the issue of polluted water’s negative impacts on peoples’ lives. He started working on discovering cost-effective solutions to treat used water to transform it into a useable condition in 1995. He consulted various research and development across the country and other countries. Ultimately, in 1997-98, he proved the concept of using local aquatic plants, microbial consortia, and integrating of bio-construction of Bio-remediation facilities for human polluted waters. Later, he established the National Institute of Bio-remediation at NARC in 2008-09. In 2015, he got the Presidential Award for his sincere efforts to keep water healthy.

Perspective

Living with all forms of life

Yousaf believes!

dedication to serve the neglected sector

Yousaf’s consistent struggle started in 1995 for the cause to acknowledge the water’s
services to our lives and its care after use…
Life on Earth means contributing to the well-being of the people living around and other life forms. Human and Natural Resources have equal rights to live and enjoy their lives on Planet Earth. Whoever claims supremacy has more obligations to facilitate others to live better; otherwise, Human and Natural Resources have equal opportunities and support each other to have a great time living on the Planet.
Yousaf wants to be a source of comfort for the community and facilitate the neighboring natural resource to survive better with him.

holds & practice
Yousaf thinks, believes, and practices there is no other option to respect and love
people irrespective of belief, color, region, language, or any other differences.

centre of attention
Yousaf focuses on keeping water resources contamination-free to
protect Human and Natural Resources’ health.

charm full connectivity
Yousaf enjoys the relationship with billion/trillion of microbes,
aquatic plants, birds, etc., to clean the contaminated water biologically.

followership of Natural Systems
Yousaf wants to develop an eco-system where zero waste prevails;
the organic used water and used solid matter should be naturally
and biologically reclaimed for re-use.

Caring sick waters

Viewpoint Achievements

Survival!

water is life and a source of life

the reality of water can not be ignored…
Living in an area with easy access to clean water developed an understanding; water is a granted product. Traveling to places where contaminated water is compromised to drink, Yousaf also observed the consequences on human and natural resources.
These findings facilitate developing a tremendous honor for Mother Nature’s life-sustaining resource, “water.”

Water care before and after use is the prime obligation towards life forms' existence.

Standpoint!

decision to serve sick waters for better survival of human and natural resources

Continuation of water contamination can cause serious challenges to survive…
Working with development organizations across the country and abroad, Yousaf learned serving and rehabilitating sick waters means helping people living in populated areas to have clean water. Day by day, increasing the production of humans’ contaminated water care/treatment ignorance causes ground and surface water contamination. It results in difficulty to have clean water nearby. It results in the scarcity of clean drinking in the vicinities and the use of contaminated water in the irrigation of vegetables and salads in the outskirts.

Opportunity!

demonstration of biological reclamation of used-water

local resource based cost-effective technologies matter…
The Bio-remediation Application for contaminated reclamation was shared with Unicef-Pakistan in 1996 after the successful implementation of various small projects in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Unicef-Pakistan extended financial cooperation to execute the concept at a larger scale. Yousaf and his team took this opportunity seriously and demonstrated the application by integrating relevant income-generating activities of the Integrated Sanitation & Farming System (ISFS) to sustain the project. The project was evaluated by Faisalabad University’s senior experts and recommended replication after three years of its successful operations.

Replication!

Bio-remediation applications' demonstration at NARC

a step towards maximum utilization of local biological resources for used-water recovery…
After a long struggle to achieve the technical and cost practical viability of the Bio-remediation/ISFS application for private and public organizations. Yousaf published the book “Sustainability through Optimum Utilization of Existing Resources” the book was also reviewed by Dr. Zafar Altaf, Chairman (2008-2011), Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC). He offered Yousaf to demonstrate the Bio-remediation application at NARC. Yousaf formed his team and developed Bio-remediation Garden at NARC. The Bio-remediation facility processed contaminated water with biological forces to clean it under NEQS limits for irrigation. Later, Yousaf Riaz established the National Institute of Bio-remediation (NIB) as Founder Directestablished or in 2008-2009.

Inspection!

enhancing analytical capacity for discovery & improvement

evaluation of local biological resource involvement for recovering used-water…
First-ever at NARC/PARC, a state-of-the-art laboratory was established by NIB to evaluate sick waters’ biological and chemical health. It was a painstaking effort to arrange grants from the public sector to enhance analytical capacity to assess the existing Bio-remediation Model and explore more local natural resources to reclaim used water.
The primary purpose was to maintain water health and secure agricultural production by irrigating polluted waters.

Enlightenment!

an investment in knowledge pays the best interest

the power of knowledge to empower team for achieving target… 
Trust and capacity building of the team is the core principle to move towards the destination. Yousaf did his best to facilitate his team to try their talent for improving their educational qualification and professional advancement.
He assessed the people who worked under his leadership; about ninety percent of the people improved their academic and technical With the collaboration of students and scientists of local and international learning. universities, NIB researchers produced about six hundred research, booklets, awareness handouts, video documentaries, and dissertations.
The working environment was created to address the issues and develop modules that the corporate sector can undertake for earning and improving the living environment of all.

involvement!

engagement-discovery & creativity for better living

the respect and water care attitude brought the opportunity to instrumental creating the jobs…
Mother Nature created an extraordinary situation for Yousaf to be instrumental in creating regular and contract jobs to serve sick waters’ recovery. More than 175 jobs were created in contaminated waters’ rehabilitation while creating, establishing, and running the National Institute of Bio-remediation (NIB).
These jobs included relevant scientists, engineers, administrative positions, and social mobilizers to keep the general public aware of the importance of valuing water resources. The love and care of sick waters enabled Yousaf to facilitate about twenty-five hundred people raising their income through water-related jobs in non-governmental and corporate sectors.

Consciousness!

valuing water is conservation of water

consistent and right information flow… 
Water is everybody’s business, and all should have information about the survival of clean water is necessary for the existence of all. Yousaf organized various events with his team to make people aware of the correct version of the water cycle according to local social and cultural conditions.
Training events, seminars, research conferences, publishing information materials, presence on the internet, and talks on national television are organized to keep water pollution-free for the better survival of the planet.

Attachments!

Associating with partners of different capacities

valuing, respecting, and involving people to keep water resources healthy…
The movement toward clean water prosperity requires the participation and involvement of individuals and organizations having different capacities to care for water.  For the great cause for all, Yousaf with his team realized the importance of partnering and developing linkages with academic, research, development, and corporate organizations.

Tackling the Crisis

Overview

Liberty & Limitation!

resolution-clean water for all

valuing water is the prime obligation of humanity according …
Yousaf believes in keeping water resources clean for drinking and up to the mark for crops irrigation is everybody’s responsibility.
Mass production of untreated used (contaminated) water from human settlements is causing a reduction of pure water and polluting the already scarce healthy water resources. -it is the prime responsibility of human society to return water to Natural System as it was taken from the system before use. -with all this conceptual understanding of water, Yousaf continues serving water resources under harsh or easy situations.

Survival!

right to live & serve

essentials of life to be privileged…
Humans try to take care of every living being’s right to live at their best.
Water is considered a living identity, and water facilitates the living process on the planet.
Water has rights, and these can not be ignored before and after use. He thinks it is wrong to say used water is wastewater and tacking action to throw it away like a waste product.

Investment!

Bio-remediation replication in the field...

transformation of opposition into favor…
Unicef-Pakistan was the first organization to show the sensitivity of reclaiming contaminated waters for re-use Yousaf and his team worked on the challenging experiment of local biological resources utilization for used-water treatment.
After successfully applying Bio-remediation at the minor level, the team requested several public and development organizations for financial support to replicate in the field.
Unicef’s Water Environment & Sanitation program funded the experiment’s finalization and facilitated the execution of a project in a village, Texila, Rawalpindi, in 1995-96.
The project was completed in 1997-98 and showed significant results, and the concept was facilitated to replicate in five villages of Punjab.
In 2002, all the projects were evaluated by the relevant Agricultural University Faisalabad team and recommended for replication in the evaluation report.

Preference!

change in water & sanitation plans

learned to introduce Integrated Sanitation & Farming System to generate eco-friendly income… 
As per the change in five-year plans for the upcoming Unicef projects of water & sanitation,
the priority changed; the federal and local provincial governments were informed about the Bio-remediation Application to rehabilitate used water for re-use.
From 2002 to 2007, Yousaf wrote the book “Sustainability through Optimum Utilization of Existing Resources” the document highlights the concept of the Integrated Sanitation & Farming System.
Later, this book helped initiate the Bio-remediation Program at NARC, and ultimately, the National Institute of Bio-remediation was established in 2008-09.

Aversion!

interruptions in clean water prosperity

arduous journey to engage biological forces to keep water resources clean…
Yousaf’s Journey Bio-remediation hardly finds smooth sailing to maintain water health; it mostly has interruptions because of the least priority to treating polluted waters.
From 2007-to 2010, all Bio-remediation Applications were demonstrated and scientifically proved the technical and cost-effective viability.
The contaminated water recovery activities were interrupted in 2010, and he could not continue. Mr. Yousaf Riaz, as Director, NIB, was restored in 2012, and he continued his services till 2017 and again asked to stop serving the neglected sick waters.

Cessation!

nursing sick waters...

need more clarification to understand about Natural Water Cycle
As explained earlier, the correct understanding of the water cycle is missing somewhere; water is considered a non-recyclable or waste product after use.
It can be observed polluted water flows in streets and canals contaminating people, surface and underground clean water.
It is adjustable to use biologically / chemically contaminated water for irrigation of salad and vegetable crops.
The management and governance prioritized that ordinary people can still manage using contaminated water, salads, and vegetables.
NIB’s efforts to secure water and food products ceased, and the institute dissolved in 2016.

Victimization!

NIB water care services shutdown

life is struggle and it should continue…
After the National Institute of Bio-remediation (NIB) dissolution, all technical, researchers, scientists, and administrative staff transferred to other departments.
Likewise, the wastewater analysis laboratory equipment and the machines were also shared with other institutes. 
In 2016, Mr. Yousaf Riaz moved to Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI), NARC, and he had to leave SSRI, NARC, in 2017.

Relevancy!

pursuit--keeping water resources pollution free

dynamically finding ways to continue the mission…
Devotion to the care of sick waters remained firm under all circumstances and situations.
The forces that want to see sick waters in pain could not influence Yousaf’s decision and determination to compromise caring for and serving human polluted waters.
Yousaf’s argument caring for sick waters is humans’ kind gesture toward Mother Nature’s provision of great resource ‘water’ as a life-sustaining element.

Misapprehension!

used-water is wastewater

alternative plan was needed before the action…
Yousaf Riaz Could not understand why his sincere and professional services were rejected to serve the neglected sector, sick waters of the country
Surprised that the PARC management dismissed him with his team but could not develop any plan to manage contaminated water for secure water and food, especially vegetables and salads production.
Did his best to meet the primary objectives of PARC under the guidance of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research to ensure secure food production.
The reclamation of contaminated water is one of the main steps to securing agricultural food items production (vegetables & Salads) from peri-urban farming activities by using domestic and industrial polluted water.

Perseverance!

clean water security first

documentation of the experience to serve/nurse sick waters…
Mother Nature graced Yousaf with a special heart to love and care for water resources, and it energized him to be consistent, continuing the mission with a different strategy.
Establishment of Nano Bio-Solution Inc. (NBS) to continue evolving activities for used-water recovery through economically viable solutions.
Formulation of “Sardar Memorial Ecological Solutions Trust” (SMET) as Corporate social responsibility (CSR) of NBS. SMET aims to allocate/raise funds to execute research activities and water reclamation projects for neglected areas.
“The Responsibility Ignored” is written and published by Yousaf to document all the experiences and learnings to continue serving sick waters for all to participate.
Organized water sensitized people to govern, manage and execute activities to secure water resources under the umbrella of the “waterman.pk.”
Journey Bio-remediation (youtube channel), Linkedin, Facebook, Blogger, and other social media platforms are used as tools for the accomplishment mission to secure clean water resources.

Towards water well-being

Personal Plans to serve

Vision

Delighted! Mother Nature

Yousaf wants Mother Nature to be charmed by seeing judicious utilization of Her resources
and equal opportunity to live all identities on Earth.

Operations!

towards Mother Nature's System application

understanding and following Mother Nature’s ways to sustain… 
Yousaf wants to keep updated himself with his team to acquire Mother Nature’s applications to maintain healthy living process of Natural resources including humans on Earth
-evolve with the participation of water’s health-sensitive people, a system to keep water resources clean
-conceptual clarity of Natural Water Cycle to all
-behaving with water as living elements of the planet
-planning and developing projects to conserve and treat used-water for re-use

Importance!

principles to sustain water health

humans have share in Natural Resources not to consume all…
Yousaf values, respects, and facilitates the human and natural resources around him the equal opportunity to live according to their natural inhabitancy.

Tendency!

focus determines one's reality

direction towards goals…
-conceptual clarity of Natural Water Cycle to all
-behaving with water as a living element of the planet
-planning and developing projects to conserve and treat used-water for re-use

Movement!

stepping towards the goal

planned activities helped to reach the goal…
Motivating people to support the vision and mission
Involvement of professional and technical experts to plan
Information to all stakeholders through written, talks and video docs