KWSB finds no immediate solution to water scarcity

KARACHI: Karachi is facing a shortage of 560 mgd water, as Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KW&SB) has failed to fulfill the demand of 1100 mgd water and the situation could worsen after a more frequent power breakdown from K-Electric is expected as the weather gets hotter.

Sources told PPI on Thursday that KWSB was able to manage supply of only 540 mgd water to the city. “Hub dam has already got dried up for a year and K-IV, a bulk water supply project, is still on the anvil. KWSB has no alternative as to how to meet the demand and the situation gets worsened when power failure takes place,” they said.

Director Public Relations KWSB Nazeer Mateen said a generator could not support such a big system and fund-constraint KWSB could not build a power generation system for it. KWSB was solely dependent on KE for electricity.

“When a power breakdown takes place it not only stops water supply, but sometimes even bursts the pipeline due to returning pressure. Consequently, water gets deficient in the city,” he said.

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