ProPropertyNewsTwin Cities Likely to Face Acute Water Shortage Amid Desilting Process

Twin Cities Likely to Face Acute Water Shortage Amid Desilting Process

RAWALPINDI: For the yearly desilting of the canal, the authorities have decided to cut the daily water flow from the Khanpur Dam Water Supplies Project, the primary source of water supply to the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, by 60% from February 15 to 25.

The water supply will return to normal on February 28 following a thorough cleaning of the 12-kilometer open water conduit, according to sources.

The sources informed that the 25 million gallons of water sent daily to the twin cities by the Khanpur Dam Water Supply Project would be cut by 60%–70% through a rationing mechanism while the canal is being cleaned.

It was also informed that the inhabitants will get a warning from the Capital Development Authority (CDA), the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB), and the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) to use water sparingly while the canal is being de-silted.

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The details suggest that the CDA receives 10–11 million gallons of water per day for Islamabad, whereas the RCB, Chaklala Cantonment Board, and WASA each receive 9 million gallons.

Besides, the RCB, WASA, and CDA will work together over 11 days, from February 15 to February 25, to clear the 12-kilometer open water channel that transports water from Khanpur Dam to the Sangjani Water Filtration Plant of silt.

By February 25, the canal will have been de-silted and on February 28, the Khanpur Dam Water Supply Project will resume providing water to the twin cities.

In this regard, the three organizations’ advice to the public said that they should use water sparingly due to the daily flow of water being reduced while the open water channel is being properly cleaned.

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