Islamabad: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Amir Ali Ahmed recently took the decision to regain the share of two million gallons of water per day from the Rawal Dam, doing so after 30 years, according to a news source.
Mr Ali stated that that in the past, ample water supply was available from Simly and Khanpur Dam, as well as deep sunk tube wells, reason why the CDA had abstained from claiming the aforementioned share of water for 30 years.
CDA spokesperson Asif Ali stated that the CDA is currently supplying 60 million galls per day (MGD) to the residents in the federal capital. The tubewells contribute 24.5MGD and another 24MGD is supplied by Simly water reservoir. Khanpur Dam and three waterworks located in Shahdara, Nurpur and Saidpur contribute 8.5 and 2 MGD respectively. The introduction of Rawal Dam will contribute another 2MGD and will aid the authorities in providing water to the residents in sectors G-7/4, I-8 and I-9 to G-9.
The spokesperson added that the treatment plant in ‘Park Area’, near the Sports Complex which was out of order for the past 30 years, was now operational. Moreover, a new power generator was installed to ensure that no water is wasted due to a disruption in power supply.
In the past few years, officials of the Water Supply Directorate in CDA gave added importance to the deep sunk tube wells, which they termed as the biggest sources of water in the capital. A number of these were sunk further in order to draw more water. Lastly, the chairman of the CDA directed officials to pursue the ‘Wetlands projects’ more aggressively as they will help in cleaning contaminated water and aid in recharge the subsoil water. Lastly, the ‘Rainwater Harvesting’ project was also given preference, in order to maximize the yield of trapped rainwater.