LAHORE A number of water-filtration plants and water taps, installed by the Water and Sanitation Agency at its tubewells to provide germ-free drinking water to the Lahorites, are inoperative for many days. The blame goes directly to the lethargic authorities, insiders told TheNation. Moreover, the tubewell operators and other officials, deputed at these tubewells, accused the WASA officials of not cooperating with them for repairing the filtration plants. They said that out of total about 70 water-filtration plants, about 18 are inoperative from a couple of days, while some are out of order from a couple of weeks. As a result, people residing in different vicinities particularly the inhabitants of backward and low lying areas of the City compelled to drink contaminated water coming from these tubewells, which is causing various diseases in the affected areas, they claimed. It is pertinent to mention here that the government decided to install such water filtration plants and water taps at such tubewells on priority basis after the detecting various unhealthy symptoms especially presence of arsenic in the underground water of various residential localities and commercial areas of the city on the report of the environment protection department, the insiders informed. Further, they said that the government spent millions of rupees on the purchase of such water filtration plants and water taps in order facilitate citizens by providing germs free healthy drinking water to the citizens at such tubewells free of cost. Initially, the government had installed water-filtration plants at about 70 tubewells functioning in such localities where water was found contaminated, they said and added that later the government also decided to install water taps and filtration plants at all the tubewells in the City. phase-wise. In this regard the Lahore Commissioner had also announced to install more than 50 more filtration plants at various WASA tubwells within six months. On the other hand, residents of various localities including the residents of Kot Khawaja Saeed, Shadbahgh, Baghbanpura, samanabad, Gulshan-e-Ravi and some other localities also complained the higher authorities that the officials of Wasa are using these filtration plants carelessly. Resultantly, mostly filtration plants or water taps got out of order and were not being repaired by the department concerned. But, the authorities concerned also failed to take action against the officials of concerned section on public complaints, submitted by the residents of abovementioned localities and the provision of filtered water to the people could not be restored in such areas so far. This scribe tried his best to contact WASA Managing Director Dr Javed Iqbal and Deputy Managing Director (DMD Operation) Iqtidar Shah but they were not available for their versions.