Peshawar: The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)’s irrigation department on Monday (January 10) decided to convert water supply schemes onto the solar power system, news sources reported. In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two entities to start the process.
As per the reports, the funds for the solarisation will be provided by the European Union’s Grant Community Development Project, which is an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working for the development of local communities. The project will assist in reducing power outages, as well as the associated water supply delays and hindrances in various sections of the province. It was also disclosed that the initiative will assist to alleviate electricity difficulties, allowing the population to have better access to potable and clean drinking water. The MoU signing event was attended by the secretary of irrigation Idress Khan, the chief engineer of the central public health engineering department, Wapda, and other authorities.
It is also worth noting that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an MOU with KP to give USD 350 million for the development of three sewage treatment facilities, two clean water treatment facilities, and the rehabilitation of defective tube wells.