LAHORE - Power outage and surge in mercury level have multiplied the woes of the local people disrupting the water supply all over the City. Wasa consumers facing irregular supply of potable water round the clock. The areas hit by water shortage or suspension or irregular supplies of water since the advent of hot season included Nishtar Colony, Chungi Amer Sidhu, Qainchi Amer Sidhu, Shahdara, Ravi Road, Thokar Niaz Beigh, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Iqbal Town, Samanabad, Mughalpura, Tajpura, Sadar, Gaziabad, Mozang, Kapurthala, Shadman, Shah Jamal, Gulberg, Faisal Town, Firdous Market, Kalma Chowk, Gari Shahu, Muhammad Nagar, Bibi Pak Daman, Empress Road, Railway Station, Barkat Market, Garden Town, Mini Market Gulberg, localities near Lakshmi Chowk, Kashmir Road, Agerrton Road, Cooper Road, Rehman Gallian, Lytton Road, Nabha Road, Church Road, Mozang Road, Rawaz Garden, Sanda, Fazila Colony, Shairnawala Gate, Bhatti Timber Market,. Angoori scheme, China scheme, Mugulpura, Taj Pura, Taj Bagh, Canal View Scheme, Beghum Pura, Al-Hamad Colony, Pooch Road, Millat Chowk, Multan Road (Bhalla Stop), Mustafabad, Ghazi Abad and other areas. In the Walled City, all the water spots were seen crowded with people standing in long queues for hours to fetch water. Often quarrels are broken out at the water spot when people bring too many buckets with them or try to bypass the queue to get water. If we let them fill all their buckets, we will not be able to get water at the end of the day, said a woman standing in queue at Sheranwala gate. The Wasa, responsible to maintain the water supply in its jurisdiction, has failed to address the situation despite the initiation of mega plan of replacing 69 tube wells outlived with the installation of 141 generators to address the situation. The Punjab government awarded FWO a contract to replace tube wells hoping for the quick and best results. However, FWO could manage to install around 18 tube wells so far. Sources in Wasa revealed that situation had started improving and it would be further better after 40 tube wells would be made operational by May 15. While remaining tube wells would be installed by June 15 to cope with the situation. Sources informed that Punjab government had also awarded a contract to a private company namely Siemens to install 141 generators costing around 760 million on tube wells to keep water supply uninterrupted during the power loadshedding. So far, 85 generators of 1000 KV 500 KV, 300 KV and 200 KV had started functioning, sources disclosed. Rest of the generators would be installed by June 30, they added. Another reason causing disruption of water supply is that the sharp decrease in the graph of underground drinking water. Sources in Wasa said that according to a State Bank report, per capita water availability was declining due to sharp decrease in the underground water table. The problem is worsening due to the combined impact of rising population, growing number of tube wells, lack of metering system, misuse of water on domestic and commercial basis, falling water flows and lowering trend to build underground water tanks in the buildings for water storage, they added. They said: There are more than 400 tuble wells in the City pumping out thousands gallon water daily. While 69 more tube wells, most of them replacement of outlived tube wells, are yet to be installed. The installation of tube wells was the one of major reason behind the fall of underground water table, they added. When talked to WASA MD Javed Iqbal underlined the need for adopting immediate measures to put an end to wastage of drinking water at commercial as well as industrial levels. He said that usage of drinking water for the purpose of washing, cleaning or watering plants at a large scale is the major root-cause of wastage of drinking water, thus causing decrease in the level of water table in the City. He underscored the need of introducing the metering system to examine level of waste and consumption of water. He said out of total 5,50,000 water connections, meters were installed on only 2,00,000 water connections. He said the water table level in the city was decreasing by five and a half feet per year because a huge amount of drinking water is going waste. Installation of new tube wells in different parts of the City was also adding to the problem, he added. This situation will become grimmer in the near future if we do not bring about a drastic change in our habit particularly with regard to using drinking water for other than drinking purposes, he asserts. He said that it was high time to make new laws to put an end to this tendency of squandering water among the citizens. Moreover, it should be made mandatory for industries and car wash points in the City to install their own water recycling systems to avoid further wastage of drinking water, he maintained.