KWSB renews crackdown on illegal water hydrants

Board's managing director says govt is drafting legislation to stop water theft in the city.


Express April 24, 2011

KARACHI: The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) renewed its crackdown on illegal water hydrants in the city, with the board’s managing director Misbahuddin Farid claiming that the government is drafting legislation to stop water theft.

The first phase of the new operation began in the Nazimabad area and authorities said that they have so far shut down eight illegal water hydrants in the area.

Sources said that at least seven million gallons of water was being stolen from these connections.

Farid said that strict action will be taken against those involved in water theft. On the other hand, water board sources said the authorities and police aided such criminals.

They say stealing water is a bail-able offence, which means those arrested can get out within hours.

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