Saturday, October 20, 2012
From Print Edition
The Water and Sewerage Agency (Wasa), Rawalpindi, has completed the project to provide clean drinking water to the citizens, said Wasa Managing Director Raja Shaukat Mahmood here on Friday.
Briefing journalists, the Wasa MD said that the water project at Hashmat Ali College along Farooq-e-Azam Road having capacity of one million gallons water per day has become operational. Installation of five tube wells in the National Park area of Islamabad, rehabilitation of four old tube wells and transmission line of 24-inch diameter from Sohan village to waterworks were part of the project.
The waterworks includes 500,000-gallon capacity ground storage tank, overhead reservoir having capacity of 100,000 gallons and three 80 HP capacity motors.
The project was designed and supervised by the KSB and Grundfos has supplied the machinery and equipment for the project. The commissioning of the project, valuing Rs180 million, has helped overcome water shortage at Sadiqabad, Muslim Town, Affandi Colony, Dhoke Punoo, Dhoke Ali Akbar, Iqbal Town and their adjoining localities. Over 250,000 people are being served with clean drinking water.
He said these areas were facing water scarcity. After completion of the project, the water supply situation has been improved considerably while the pressure on Rawal Dam and Khanpur Dam has been eased. He said that the project was completed in record time and also at approved rates of the Finance Department of the Punjab government.
Raja Shaukat said that there is enough water in Rawal Dam to meet the demand till March 2013 even there are no rains. He said that there were lesser rains even this year. However, the hilly areas like Murree received good snowfall and rains as a result the water in Rawal Dam is at satisfactory level.
“Not to waste water of dam, Wasa staff is busy in repairing leakages from pipes.” He said adding owing to these efforts, the agency manage to meet the water requirement even during crisis period.