ISLAMABAD – With the start of summer, the Capital Development Authority is getting ready to cater to the water needs of the federal capital by strengthening its enforcement and water conservation mechanism.

In this regard, CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz chaired a meeting and directed the departments concerned to ensure smooth water supply to the residents of the city.

He directed the Water Management Wing to ensure uninterrupted supply of water from Khanpur and Simly Dams besides carrying out necessary repair of water tankers, tube-wells and water filtration plants.

He also directed for purchase of new water tankers after auctioning the out of order water tankers. In order to entertain the complaints about water supply by the residents, the Chairman CDA said that he would pay surprise visits to different sectors.

He also urged the residents to avoid water wastage to overcome the water shortage as without their cooperation, the CDA would be unable to maintain balance between demand and supply of water. Tahir Shahbaz directed for replacement of filters at water filtration plants to ensure clean drinking water to the residents and sought examination reports of water samples from the relevant laboratory.

The CDA chief directed the Water Management Wing to expedite work on installation of new filtration plants in sector F-7, F-8, G- 7, G-9, G-10 and I-9. The chairman also directed Member Engineering Sanaullah Aman to take up the matter with the Government of Punjab regarding early launching of Chirah Dam Project to meet the future water requirements.

He also directed security and enforcement directorates to extend cooperation for action against the illegal water supply connections and launch a campaign in this regard.

He also urged the relevant formations to frame by-laws with the help of Law Wing against the illegal water connections in the city. Member Engineering, Sanaullah Aman apprised Chairman CDA that the water level in Simly Dam reservoir rose by 33 feet and Khanpur Dam reservoir by 46 feet due to recent rains.

He informed that recent rains have surged the water table due to which more water would be supplied from tube well, however, repair maintenance work on dysfunctional tube wells has been expedited to maximize water supply. He informed that 135 water pumps have been converted into energy efficient water pumps with the cooperation of USAID, adding that Water Management Wing has already planed to install new tube wells to meet the future needs.