The situation of water supply is likely to improve in the federal capital in the coming days following heavy rains in the twin cities and catchment areas of Simly Dam on Saturday morning.
According to an official of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), the water level at Simly Dam increased between seven to eight feet on Saturday and now it stands at 2,255 feet above the sea level against the dead level of 2,235. “Now we have come out of danger of further water-rationing in Islamabad after almost eight feet raise in the water level at the Simly Dam,” the official said.
He said that there are also some catchment areas in Angori but the Simly Dam received most of the water from Patriota on Saturday morning.
The Met Office in Islamabad has predicted more monsoon rains in upper and central Punjab on Sunday also. “We expect further raise in the water level at Simly Dam which is the major source of water supply to Islamabad,” the official said.
The rains will also improve the underground water level thus enhancing efficiency of tube wells installed in various localities of the federal capital. As the weather also turned pleasant on Saturday, there was also some respite from electricity loadshedding, which also had positive impact on working of tube-wells.
The maximum temperature as recorded in Islamabad was 37 degree centigrade while minimum was 21 degree.
However, a number of residents of sectors I-10 and G-10 still complain that artificial water shortage was being created in their areas to give boost to business of private tankers, which earn Rs1,000 to Rs1,700 per tanker. “The electricity loadshedding has almost come to an end in night time but still we are not getting regular water supply,” a resident of Sector G-10/1 said.
He said that a number of private tankers are seen roaming in streets of the sector and they immediately respond to your complains after charging Rs1,000 to Rs1,700 depending on the heat and situation of water shortage.