Water Shortage Hits Karachi Along With Gas and Electricity Shortage
The power outage at a KWSB hydrant was verified by a KE source, who also stated that the water company fixed the problem in 30 minutes.
Since the water system emanating from one of the supply route lines of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board was disturbed on Sunday due to a sudden power outage, the severe water crisis, combined with an extreme gas shortage and electricity load shedding, has added excruciating sufferings to the lives of Karachi’s residents during Ramadan.
In front of the Nazimabad power station, irate Buffer Zone inhabitants staged a protest against the company, chanting and demanding the prompt resumption of service to their neighbourhood.
They claimed that their community had not had water for the prior three weeks and threatened to demonstrate before the KWSB headquarters if the flow was not reinstated.
They also demonstrated against the lack of water from the tap in certain regions, in which what they blamed the tanker gang was allegedly overbilling residents and stealing their money, on the roads.
Whereas the city began to experience a water shortage, Landhi, Korangi, Qauidabad, Bin Qasim, and the nearby area were the hardest hit after a 72-inch diameter tube was damaged due to K-Electric suspending electricity at the Dhabeji hydroelectric plant.
Citizens in a number of areas, namely Mohammad Ali Society, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Malir, Shah Faisal Colony, New Karachi, Surjani Town, Garden, Saddar, Garden, Defence Housing Authority, and Clifton, claimed that the water was not coming out of their taps prior to Ramadan.
Some of them said that a false shortage had been fabricated with the help of the company workers, compelling the locals to pay substantially higher costs for water delivered by tankers.
The water utility’s pipelines have several leaks, which result in a daily loss of a million gallons of water. Several cracks in a pipe for DHA, which is managed by the Cantonment Board Clifton, have been wasting a great deal of water for a lot longer.
A company spokesperson reported that repair work on the 72-inch line damaged by the power outage was ongoing in the interim. He added that the impacted line formed one of the city’s ten main supply lines and that it caused a water deficit in some neighbourhoods.
He stated that the city’s water system proceeded using alternative lines and that the impacted line’s restoration work would be finished within the following 24 hours.
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