LAHORE - There is in dire need of installation of 332 generators at entire City tubewells to put an end the shortage of water supply to the people who have been witnessing severe water shortage during prolonged loadshedding in summer season. The people are facing acute water shortage as tubewellss have failed to provide water supply due to prolonged loadshedding. At present 68 generators of 200 Kilowatt and 6 generators of 1000 Kilowatt are installed at different tub wells out of total 410 tub wells in the City, sources in WASA told The Nation here on Thursday. At the same time some 74 generators that had been installed at some tubewells could not fulfil the demand of supply of water. Unless the rest of generators are installed, supply of water could never be improved, they added. WASA official seeking anonymity said that WASA had planned to install 55 generators of 300 Kilowatt capacity and 11 generators of 500 kilowatt at disposal stations to ensure flushing out of storm water during coming monsoon instead of tubewells till June 30, 2009. He said next year some of generators can be shifted to some tubewells to improve the supply of water. He said Punjab government had awarded a contract to a private company (Siemens) last year to install 141 generators costing around 760 million on tubewells to keep water supply uninterrupted during loadshedding. But so far 74 generators had started functioning, he disclosed. There are around 410 tubewells in the City pumping out thousands of gallon water daily. While 69 more tubewells, most of them to replace the outlived tubewells, are yet to be installed, he maintained. According to survey, power outage and surge in mercury level have multiplied the woes of the local people already facing disrupting in water supply all over the City. WASA consumers are facing irregular supply of potable water round the clock. The areas hit by water shortage, 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 Baig, 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, Rawaz Garden, Sanda, Fazila Colony, Shernanwala Gate, Bhati Timber Market,. Angoori scheme, China scheme, Mugulpura, Tajpura, Taj Bagh, Canal View Scheme, Begumpura, Al-Hamad Colony, Pooch Road, Millat Chowk, Multan Road (Bhalla Stop), Mustafabad, Ghaziabad and other areas. According to analysts another major reason causing disruption of water supply is the sharp decline in the graph of underground water. Sources in WASA said 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 tubewells, 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. When contacted WASA MD Javed Iqbal underlined the need for adopting immediate measures to put an end to wastage of potable water at commercial as well as industrial levels. He said 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 tubewells 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 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.