Citizens of Karachi have been facing an acute shortage of water. But with the inauguration of a new pump house at Dhabeji, it is expected that citizens will receive a much-needed relief.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will inaugurate the ‘New Dhabeji Pump House’. Apart from the current 650 million gallons of water supply, Karachi will receive an additional 100 million gallons from the New Dhabeji Pump House.
The development work on the Rs. 1.4 billion Dhabeji Pump House started back in 2016. The new pump house has six pumps, four of which have the capacity of 25 MGD (million gallons a day) while the remaining will remain on standby.
Managing Director (MD) of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB), Asadullah Khan, said that the inauguration of the pump house will help meet the water demands of the country’s economic hub.
Understanding Karachi’s Water Supply
Karachi’s everyday water requirement is 1,200 MGD. However, it is supplied only 650 MGD, of which 220 MGD is either wasted due to leakages or stolen.
Indus and Hub Rivers are the primary sources of water for Karachi. Of the total 650 MGD of the daily water supply of the city, 100 MGD comes from Hub River while the Indus provides the rest.
Water from the Indus is stored in Keenjhar Lake at Thatta district. This water flows to an open canal at Dhabeji pump house from where it is supplied to the city.