Faulty water filtration plants annoy residents

ISLAMABAD: Most of the water filtration plants in the Capital are in poor condition due to the negligence of the authorities concerned.“Millions of rupees have been spent on these water filtration plants to provide clean drinking water to the residents in different sectors, but due to the apathy of the authorities concerned, these plants are out-of-order,” said Sanaullah, a resident of Sector G7. A number of residents in Sectors F6, G7, and I10 said that they have registered complaints to the relevant officials of the Capital Development Authority but nothing was being done to repair the faulty water plants. Another resident, Mir Ali, complained that the authorities concerned have failed to ensure cleanliness and replacement of the water filters and other necessary gadgets on time, as the authorities would never compromise on the health of the citizens. “These water plants have become problematic for the residents as they come to get water but go empty-handed,” said Aayan Khan, a resident of Sector G7. He said that the water filtration plants of Sectors G7/1, G7/3, and G7/4 are out-of-order and most of the people of the adjacent areas also depend on these plants to take clean drinking water.The residents urged the authorities concerned to take immediate measures for the timely provision of the clean drinking water and maintenance of these plants. When contacted, the CDA officials said that the out-of-order filtration plants would be repaired to facilitate the residents with clean drinking water. “The water filtration plants were installed by the civic body to facilitate the residents,” the officials said. They also urged the residents to avoid misuse of the clean drinking water. Meanwhile, Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Maroof Afzal has directed the Water Management Wing for taking effective measures to ensure the frequent supply of water at Sehr and Iftar times to facilitate the residents of the capital during the holy month of Ramazan. The CDA chairman issued these directions while chairing a high-level meeting at the CDA headquarters. On this occasion, officers of the Water Management Wing, Engineering Wing, and other formations concerned were also present.The chairman also directed the Water Management Wing director general to visit the water pumping stations in the city during the Sehr and Iftar times. There should be no deficiency of water to the public during the Sehr and Iftar times, the CDA chairman said. Afzal was apprised that in case of load shedding, generators have been installed for the provision of uninterrupted supply of water to the resident. He was informed that different pumping stations, which were non-functional, had been made functional after necessary repairs. He was further informed that sufficient water storage was available in the Simly Dam due to the rains, adding that the supply of water to 39 million gallon per day has been increased during the holy month of Ramazan.Afzal was also informed that in line with his directions, water tankers from the Sports and Culture Directorate, and Environment Wing have been handed over to Water Management Wing at the start of Ramazan, which has helped in entertaining the complaints on daily basis. The CDA chairman directed the water Management Wing to further improve the water tanker service to cope with the day-to-day water complaints. He has appealed to the residents of the city to be particular and calculated about the use of water to avoid water scarcity during the current summer season. 

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