Safe and clean drinking water is the most vital amongst all municipal services. Water is essential for a number of domestic needs. Water sector mainly covers the management of the basic resource of water including storage, transportation, access, environmental protection, and infrastructure as well as services involved in providing water to consumers and removing wastewater safely. Water is a diffused sector and pervades many other social and economic domains.
As per a source, about 20% of the whole population of Pakistan has access to safe drinking water. The remaining 80% of population is forced to use unsafe drinking water due to the scarcity of safe and healthy drinking water sources. Above 80% of the people of province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) are utilizing clean drinking water that comes from surface and ground sources. In KP, surface water resources are clean and fit for drinking.
WSSC Swat caters for 52,581 households covering a population of 0.37 million spread over 25 neighborhood councils. In this geographical spread, WSSC has provided 24,375 water connections with an average discharge rate of 140 gallons per household. This is made possible with 69 tube wells, 47 water tanks and 475 km long water pipeline of functional infrastructure.
Restoration of Abandoned Water Supply Schemes
List of abandoned Water Supply Schemes which have been restored by WSSC Swat in 2018-19 are mentioned below. These additional tube wells helped in decreasing the percentage of water deficit as per demand.
- Water Supply Scheme Mula Baba
- Water Supply Scheme Surghar
- Water Supply Scheme Gui Kada No. 1.
- Water Supply Scheme Kargal Faiz Abad.
- Water Supply Scheme College Colony.
Water Quality Tests
Keeping in view the public health and to avoid water borne diseases, all 42 water tanks were Cleaned and Chlorinated to maintain residual chlorine i.e. 0.2 mg/l as per WHO standard. In addition to this more than 400 Rft Pipes relocated from drains and other vulnerable points. Aqua tabs were also provided to community for the treatment of water on household level. Vulnerable points were also identified for testing of water quality. More than 9 water quality samples were collected from different points and tested through PCRWR and were found satisfactory for drinking.
Disconnection of illegal water supply connections
Illegal Connections not only affect Revenue of the Company but also mislead to efficient strategy towards future plan to be under taken for better Water Supply System. WSSCS Management is very keen regarding elimination of Illegal Connections and total 1624 Illegal Connections were disconnected while hundreds of Connections were regularized and fines were charged from those having Illegal Connections
Gap Analysis Water Resource
Quantity and Pressure of water supply in “Mohallah Muhammad Gul Shaheed” & “Ishaq Mohallah” was very low from last 8 years. After proper planning and necessary efforts of water supply team the people of the above-mentioned areas are now getting enough water with sufficient pressure.