Water tank made compulsory for construction of home

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Staff Report

RAWALPINDI

The Rawalpindi Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) has evolved two projects for storage of rainy water and raising the underground water level.

According to media reports under these projects it has been made binding on the citizens to construct water tank for storage of rainy water in plots with area of more than 5 marlas in connection with construction of homes.

The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) will not pass the maps of such homes wherein no area will be allocated for water tank.

This condition has been made compulsory in all the housing societies of district Rawalpindi.

RDA Chairman Arif Abbasi has said the rainy water will not be allowed to be wasted in future.

In January 2019, WASA had decided to abolish tube well system to acquire water due to a decrease in underground water level to an alarming proportion.

According to media reports, approval had been granted to meet the citizens’ water requirements from dams and rivers instead of tube wells.

WASA owns 600 tube wells at present and electricity bill of every tube well runs into Rs0.7 million per month. Therefore, WASA has gone defaulter of Rs140 million on payment of electricity bills.