Tube wells running dry: Water crisis in RCB and CCB reaching alarming levels

Published: April 15, 2018
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RAWALPINDI: The water crisis in Rawalpindi Cantonment Board and Chaklala Cantonment Board and rest of the garrison city has worsened.

Cantonment boards of RCB and CCB besides Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) have started preparations for the rationing of water through which water supply to service stations, big hotels is being curtailed.

Water reserve in Rawal Dam and Khanpur Dam is left for two months only. Due to dangerous drop in limits of water coming from ground, the tube wells of WASA and Cantt board have started drying up. Many of the tube wells have begun producing impure water. The tube wells all over city have started drying up.

As tube wells go dry, Pindi sweats its aqua needs

 The three day consecutive rains have failed to fill-up the dams, if rains do not occur for 1.5 months, the water in Khanpur and Rawal dams will drop down to a dangerous level. Locals have started protesting due to scarcity of water, the water crisis in Rawalpindi Cantt has become worse.

Areas facing water scarcity include Sadiqabad, Dhok Khamba, Amarpura, Glass Factory, Fauji Colony, New Katariyan, Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, Mohanpura, Dhok Hasso, Dhok Ratta, Railway colonies, Adrra, Saddar, Tinch Bhatta, Peoples Colony, Kotha Kalan, Girja, Chak Jalal Din. Due to the crisis the water tankers owners are earning excessive profit by doubling the prices. 

Published in The Express Tribune, April 15th, 2018.

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