Load shedding deprives city of 41 mgd water

June 3, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Despite repeatedly making commitment for providing uninterrupted power supply, K-Electric is carrying out unannounced load-shedding on important pumping houses of Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) due to which 41 mgd water could not be provided to the city on Thursday, said KWSB spokesperson.

He said despite several appeals from KWSB, power supply to very important pumping house of KWSB was disconnected, resultantly twelve pumps of Dhabeji Pumping Station stopped supply to the city and 15 mgd water supply to the city from phase-I, phase-II and K-2 water supply system was suspended.

While, load-shedding at Gharo Pumping House suspended 3 mgd water to the city and 23 mgd water from 13 pumps of Pepri Pumping House could not be supplied due to suspension of power supply.

Many important areas of the city such as Landhi, Korangi, Malir, Shah Faisal Colony, Defence Housing Authority, Akhter Colony, Manzoor Colony, and Clifton were completely affected from scarcity of water, while Saddar, Jamshed Town, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Pak Colony, Liaquatabad, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Baldia and Orangi Town were partially affected, he said.

He said the scarcity of water was felt two days after the power cut. Despite KWSB’s calling attention towards the issue the load-shedding was being carried out at once and unannounced at pumping houses.

However, experts believe the KSWB can become self-reliant in electricity if it starts generating its own power through industrial size gas or coal fed generators, besides installing windmills and solar panels at its installations.