Islamabad: To preserve the drinkable water in the Federal Capital City, the government is likely to forbid the use of potable water in construction projects, gardening, and service stations.
It is pertinent to state that the government determined the current pattern of water usage and how it is unsustainable. Consequently, a smart-use strategy utilising recycled water in various sectors must be developed to cater to it.
According to sources, the government has named pump stations and service stations as the main offenders of water waste due to their monthly usage of thousands of gallons for almost nothing. Furthermore, pump stations and service stations are requested to switch to steam cleaning instead of using potable water or install recycling units in this regard.
Additionally, it has been suggested that the government provide water from the sewerage treatment plant for use in landscaping and construction projects. As a result, the Sector I-9 Sewerage Treatment Plant is being upgraded to reuse wastewater for gardening, plantations, and construction work in order to conserve drinkable water.
To meet the needs of the locals, water is also being extracted for the construction of new bores and tube wells to replace abandoned tube wells in Islamabad’s surrounding areas. Furthermore, private developers are no longer allowed to extract groundwater.
In order to improve the water supply, the local authorities also removed unauthorised water connections from Simly Dam’s primary water supply line. The local administration has reportedly stopped 215 unauthorised water connections over the last three years, or from 2019 to 21.
Over the past three years, the authorities have cut off 170 unauthorised water connections from main water conduits that cross Simly Dam Road. On the conductor line of various tube wells located in Islamabad, the authorities have also disconnected 16 illegal water connections. In the past three years, they have also cut 29 illegal connections from various water supply lines in Islamabad.
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