Water load shedding starts in Karachi

November 9, 2018

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Water load shedding is expected to start in Karachi as Hub Dam reaches dead-level.

The water supply would be rationed to meet the needs of the District West, remarked KWSB MD Khalid Mehmood. The water shortage has led to a ‘drought-like’ situation.

The district includes Lyari, Keamari, SITE, Baldia and Orangi Town.

He said that he can’t share the details as it would create panic among the residents.

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“This will last for two to three months as the problem will be resolved once a new pump is installed,” he remarked.

Moreover, SAMAA TV found out that mafia has been providing unfit water to the residents of Baldia Town, Orangi Town, Surjani Town and Manghopir.

Bores have been drilled in 50 different points in Northern Bypass, from where the tankers take water and supply to citizens. The tankers earn Rs3 million by selling this substandard water.

Bore water is groundwater that has been accessed by drilling a bore into underground aquifers (water storages) and pumping to the surface.

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Mehmood remarked that the area falls out of the jurisdiction of the water board. He said that such water is supplied to industries as it is unfit for human consumption.

“If this water is being sold to people, then we will take action against it. We will ensure that it never happens again,” he said.

A member of the water commission said that 70% of the water in tube wells contains dangerous chemicals.  This water is frequently used for agricultural and drinking purposes.

On the other hand, Sindh Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani was unaware of water theft in the city.

“We will investigate where it is happening and who is a part of it,” he remarked.