PESHAWAR: Suitable steps must be taken to disconnect illegal water connections, establish wastewater treatment plants and conserve clean drinking water across the country.
This was said by Pakistan Water Operators Network (P-WON) Chairman Syed Zahid Aziz during P-WON’s steering committee meeting in the city on Sunday. According to a press release, the consultation was hosted by Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) and attended by representatives of various organisations.
“Illegal water connections must be disconnected to improve service delivery across the country,” the statement quoted Aziz saying. “They pose a major threat to water supplies across the country.
Aziz said the provision of quality services to consumers will also enhance the revenue of the water utilities. “This is a need of the hour.”
On the agenda
A series of recommendations were put forward to improve the quality of drinking water and overcome its shortage. “The criteria for a P-WON membership for other utilities and SoPs for the company were also discussed,” read the press release.
The steering committee was informed Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Faisalabad has prepared water regulations. “These will be shared with other utilities in the country and will help the provision of clean drinking water to consumers,” added the statement.
According to the press release, the committee also voiced concerns over changes in global weather conditions and agreed to take steps to gauge their impact on water reservoirs.
It also agreed to invest in training officials of water utilities.
“Contractors involved in providing water supply should be registered,” he said. “An effective water distribution network should be devised.”
Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.
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