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Severe water shortages plague Balochistan: MD WASA

QUETTA: Managing Director Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) Wali Mhmammad Barrech has said following lack of rain and snow, water level has been decreased up to 1000 feet in Quetta warning of severe water shortage in coming years in the provincial capital.

“Up to 30 major tube wells being used for water supply in Quetta have been dried up, debate over burgeoning water shortage must be commenced by the provincial government or Quetta would be turn into desert in next few years following incumbent drought like situation.” MD WASA Wali Muhammad Barrech said while addressing a news conference on Friday.

Sharing the details of financial crisis in his department MD WASA said, the consumers have dues of rupees 400 million, “We have been providing 4.5 million gallon water to the city on daily basis while the total of need of the city has reached up to 6.5 million,” urging citizens to pay their dues to end financial woes of WASA

“More than 275 non-functional tube wells have been restored in Quetta’s Chiltan and Zarghoon Towns, we have commenced crackdown against illegal water connection across the city.” Wali Muhammad Barrech added.

He said, 97% tube wells have been working properly to fill the water need of the citizens, we have 91,000 registered connection and will increase the connection up to 1,50,000,

“The citizens were not paying their bill of rupees 125 but fond of lending thousands of rupees to the tanker mafia looting public.” MD WASA said.

“Efforts are underway to install further 30 tube wells in the city and we have assured our fully support to the District Administration on full action against illegal connections.”

Source: bexpress.com.pk

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