Water storage in reservoirs has drastically plunged to 1.5 million-acre feet (MAF) due to continuous decrease in water inflow in all major rivers. According to data released by the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) water inflow in major rivers has further reduced to 15,000 cusecs during last 24 hours. Water inflow in the Tarbela dam at Tarbela was recorded as 110,300 cusecs while outflow as 155,000 cusecs. Water inflow in River Kabul has decreased from 90,000 cusecs to 45,500 cusecs during last two weeks.
Meanwhile, IRSA on Tuesday released 272,300 cusecs water from various rim stations with inflow of 213,900 cusecs. Water level in the Indus River at Tarbela Dam was 1422.28 feet, which was 42.28 feet higher than its dead level of 1,380 feet. The water level in the Jhelum River at Mangla Dam was 1120.40 feet, which was 80.40 feet higher than its dead level of 1,040 feet as the inflow and outflow of water was recorded as 26,300 cusecs and 40,000 cusecs respectively.
The release of water at Kalabagh, Taunsa and Sukkur was recorded as 188,900, 180,400 and 37,700 cusecs respectively. Similarly from the Kabul River, 45,500 cusecs of water was released at Nowshera and 4,000 cusecs from the Chenab River at Marala.
Meanwhile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker Minister for Public Health Engineer (PHE), Haji Fazal Elahi directed the concerned authorities for activation of water quality testing laboratories for ensuring clean drinking water to the people and imparting modern era training to the staff. He expressed these views while speaking during a briefing Public Health Engineering. Secretary PHE, Information, Masood Ahmad, Chief Engineer (North) Bahramand, Chief Engineer (South), Abdul Sami and Section Officer (General), Ihsanullah were also present.
During the briefing it was told that ongoing drinking water and mega schemes initiated under annual development program (ADP), 2017-18, provincial sanitation policy, solarization, water supply schemes, computerization of water charges bills, water quality testing lab and e-bidding are high highly positive steps of the provincial government. The minister was told that feasibility study for greater supply scheme, Peshawar, gravity water supply scheme Abbottabad, Chitral Town, water supply scheme, Drosh (Chitral) and Gravity Water Supply Scheme, Batkhela have been completed.
Similarly, it was told that work on the installation of solar-based tube-wells across the province and several small dams are being constructed under the master plan with the cooperation of Irrigation Department. These projects will beside provision of clean drinking water to the people with also provide maximum water for irrigation use.—APP