Summer woes: Water shortage hits five sectors

Demand for water tankers up to 900 a day.


May 31, 2012

ISLAMABAD:


Residents of F-6/1, G-7/3, G-6/1 and I-9 have been facing acute water shortages. Residents said they have been forced to call for water tankers to cope with “unreliable water supply at times”.


“I woke up at 4 in the morning and rushed to the water tanker office, but got 140th number slip and still was not sure whether I will get it till night or not,” Tahir Ali, a resident of G-7, said. The demand for tankers, according to CDA sources, has gone up to 900 a day.

Jamshed Khan, who lives in F-6/1, said they have been facing water shortage for the last two weeks. He said residents of his neighbourhood have given numerous applications to the CDA to take notice of the situation.

A CDA Water Management Wing Official told APP that the water consumption increases manifold during summers, with unscheduled power outages not helping the matters. He appealed that people must not waste water.

The official added that the CDA has seized “several” illegal connections so far, including water connections of farmhouses from major pipelines of Simly Dam.

Some people, he added, have fitted motors in the water pipelines for dragging extra water, which hampers supply of water to all the sectors. This practice, he said, is illegal. He said they have identified 60 motors pumping extra water from the system at various places in the city.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2012.

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