PESHAWAR:Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) on Monday observed World Water Day, urging the masses to save water to avert the crisis looms over Pakistan due to highest ratio of water consumption.
World Water Day is observed on March 23 every year. This year’s theme is “Valuing Water.”
WSSP organized an awareness session to highlight problems and challenges being faced by the sanitation utility in water conservation and supply system.
General Manager (Ops) Riaz Ahmad Khan, Zonal Manager Engr Tariq Aziz, water expert Engr Humayun Mustafa and WSSP’s Citizen Liaison Cell’s Manager Muhammad Ismail shed light on efforts of WSSP in supply of water.
Khan said that WSSP has been working on replacement of old and rusted pipeline since its inception. “Thus far, WSSP has more than 90 kilometers of pipeline,” he said.
To ensure provision of clean drinking water, he said, WSSP’s portable water testing lab has been taking water samples to test them for quality. WSSP immediately replaces water supply line in localities where water is found contaminated, he said.
“We have recently replaced machinery at 32 tube-wells,” he said, adding that WSSP paying millions in terms of electricity bills and appealed that masses to cut their water consumption.
He urged the masses to pay their bills as the revenue generated through municipal services bills were being used on reconstruction of water supply and drainage system.
Humayun Mustafa said that lack of awareness and non-implementation of laws were some of major reasons behind water wastage and contamination. Lauding WSSP’s role in rehabilitating the water and supply and drainage system, he said steps WSSP has been taking should have been taken several decades ago.
Muhammad Ismail said that WSSP field officers have been organizing awareness sessions in schools and seminaries to create awareness among masses on water and sanitation. WSSP has set up WASH clusters of students at more than 100 schools to promote water conservation and hygiene. “Besides, we have a network of more than 250 ulema who deliver special sermons on water conservation and sanitation,” he added.