Residents for adjusting water supply with power outage schedule

RAWALPINDI: The residents on Thursday demanded for adjusting the water supply with the schedule of electricity load-shedding. They are facing water scarcity due to clash between the power outage and supply timings. While talking to the media personnel, they complained that they are facing problems for the last 15 days of water shortage which is an essential part of life, especially in the prevailing hot and humid weather. They were of the view that the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) staff deputed at the water supply stations opens the valves when the power load-shedding is observed. Ashir Bhatti, a resident of Mohalla Raja Sultan, said that the residents of the area have not received the water supply for the last two days, creating problems for them. Ridha Mir, a housewife, said that she was unable to wash clothes and prepare food for children due to the non-availability of water. They have demanded the authorities concerned to ensure regular water supply in the residential areas to facilitate them in the summer season. When contacted, WASA Director Raja Shaukat Mehmmood said that load shedding was severely jeopardizing the timetable for tube-wells and it has been decided to employ operators round the clock for the tube-wells, besides stand-by generators to cope with the unscheduled load-shedding. He further said that the water reserves were satisfactorily available, as the Khanpur dam supplies 6 million gallons of water and the Rawal Lake supplies 10 million gallons of water on daily basis daily. He added that 32 million gallons of water is being distributed through 323 tube-wells within the jurisdiction of WASA. 

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