Karachi: Water Supply to be Suspended on December 17th for 12 Hours!

Water Supply in Karachi
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December 17th, 2019: Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) announced on Monday morning that the supply of water to the city of Karachi will be at a halt on December 17th, 2019 due to infrastructural repair at Gharo Plant.

The water supply will be affected for almost 12 hours from 8 am to 8 pm. The areas that will be deprived of the water supply on December 17th will be Landhi, Malir, and Korangi areas. Also, a number of residential blocks of Federal B Area, Shadman Town, Nusrat Bhutto Colony, and blocks J, N, M and L in North Nazimabad area of the city.

“This suspension will be due to a repair work aimed at installation of a butterfly valve at the water supply line in order to improve supply in the area,”-By the Spokes Man of KWSB

It is advised to the citizens to use their water reserves mindfully during the hours of water shortage.

December 10, 2019: Water and electricity supply to be suspended in the city of Karachi for 12 hours today (December 10th,2019) in an account of annual maintenance.

As per the details, the K.E will maintain its electric feeder throughout the city as a yearly exercise, relegating the power to 12 hours in different areas, from 8 am in the morning to 8 pm in the evening.

The Dhabaji pumping station will go under the same process and two of the main pumps will remain closed adjourning the water supply to the city, The rest of the pumping stations will be operational but supply will low.

The Managing Director of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, Asadullah in a statement said that people should store an adequate amount of water till the maintenance work is ongoing so that they are not met with undue discomfort.

October 15th, 2019: The water situation in Karachi is bad. Well, it was never too great, to begin with.

Work on the Greater Karachi Water Supply Scheme, also called K-IV, has been stopped for long. The provincial government had missed several deadlines it had given for completion of the project and there has been no update on when the work will resume.

Over the weekend, CM Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah spoke to reporters about making required amendments in the route of the K-IV project so that it can be resumed.

“Being an engineer and finance minister in 2014, I had raised objections on the route and said that the storm-water drains were running along the route and would definitely affect the K-IV canal,” he said. “But at that time my objections and I were considered as an opponent of the project.”

To make the already uncertain situation worse, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board announced yesterday that, due to scheduled maintenance work at the water station, water supply to 13 Karachi water pumps (out of 21) from its strategic Dhabeji Pumping Station would remain partially suspended for around 16 hours by October 16th.

The board officials have assured that all possible efforts will be made to get the job done in time so as to not have the citizens suffer too much, considering the already bad situation in the city.

Well, let us just be grateful that we have at least been informed beforehand and hope it passes soon without creating too much chaos.

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