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Karachi Water Woes Continue: More Than 30% Water Wasted Day In And Day Out

Karachi: The biggest metropolis of Pakistan, Karachi still aspires for an efficient water supply system. Express Tribune in one of their article titled, “Water woes: Karachi goes thirsty as its water goes to waste” unearths devastating facts regarding Karachi`s water problem.

As per the approved plan, karachi should receive 750 millions of gallons per day (MGD) from the Indus River and the Hub Dam. Inefficient system and prevailing problems within Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) have led to tons of water wastage everyday in the city.

Ashraf Ali writes in the said article that the KWSB supplies 355.5 MGD to domestic consumers and 32.5 MGD to industrial and commercial sectors.

“It is very difficult to get correct readings off of meters installed for bulk consumers given how inadequate the KWSB water supply system is,” admitted a KWSB engineer while talking to Express Tribune, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The engineer was testament to teh fact that “Meters are only installed for commercial and industrial sectors, federal and provincial government institutions, residential areas of the Defense Housing Authority (DHA), cantonment boards, private housing societies, high-rise buildings and government residential colonies.”

This mainly implies that the rest of the city receives unaccounted for water supply, the aid areas are almost 18 towns of the city which recieves water with no attached meters.

In conversation with Express Tribune, KWSB Managing Director Asadullah Khan said that various efforts to improve Karachi’s water supply system are underway.

“We know Karachi is experiencing severe water shortage and work to enhance Dhabeji Pumping Station’s capacity is underway at a fast pace,” he said, claiming that, “The reviewed PC-1 has been sent for Sindh government approval and the project will be completed this September and add 40 MGD to the city’s supply.”

Khan while referring to Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani`s special interest said that the minister is keen to ensure of the remaining projects.

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“On his directives, the PC 1 for installing a 13-kilometre transmission line is being drafted in order to enhance the supply of water from Siphon 1 to the Dhabeji Pumping Station. The project proposal will be sent to the Sindh government for approval by July 30.”“We expect and hope that the government will release the required funds for the project soon after which the project will immediately commence. We are also trying to control the loss of 30% of the water in cooperation with the World Bank,” he added.

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