The supply of water to Karachi was suspended after electricity was cut off at the Dhabeji Pumping Station for 13 hours.
Dhabeji is the main pumping station maintained by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board. A representative for the board said that over 345 million gallons of water was not supplied to the city because of the power outage and a line burst at the station.
The city is suffering from a water shortage because of this, he said. This means 56% of Karachi’s areas are going to be hit by water shortage in the next three to four days, the managing director of the water board, Asadullah Khan, said.
Power was cut off to Dhabeji after a fire at K-Electric’s grid station. The breakdown was reported at 7:25pm Friday.
It was restored after 13 hours at 8:25am the next day, a KE spokesperson said.
Khan said that the line has been repaired. Water supply has restarted but at a very slow pace.
The water board representative said it will take them at least 75 to 90 hours to get the water pumps working at normal capacity again. The board has asked people to conserve water and not to waste it.
The KE spokesperson said power supply to Dhabeji, Gharo and Pipri pumping stations is normal and they are all “exempted” from load-shedding.
The daily water supply to the metropolis stands at 550 million gallons. Of this, 120 million gallons of water is wasted due to leakages from supply lines.