WASA needs 600,000 meters to regularise water connections


The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Lahore needs as many as 600,000 new meters across the provincial capital to regularise water connection and overcome huge financial deficit.
Keeping in view the increasing financial deficit of billions of rupees annually due to water theft, the WASA prepared a comprehensive strategy to install efficient meters on commercial and domestic connections in phases. Under the plan, WASA installed 13,000 meters on water connections across the provincial capital.
Well-placed sources in WASA told state-run news agency here Sunday that besides 13,000 meters in 2015, the WASA also installed 40,000 last year and the rest of task will be completed in next phases throughout the city. The WASA is initiating the task by the grant of Punjab government to manage the revenue deficit and an initial amount of Rs 300 million was approved recently, sources added.
The WASA installed most of the meters out of 13,000 in the current phase on commercial connection. In the next phase, domestic connections would also be regularised and efficient metres would be install to overcome the financial deficit and water theft.
The WASA is expecting total receipts of Rs 13.79 billion by the LDA and the Punjab in the financial year 2015-16 while it will spend Rs 13.93 billion including Rs 5.1482 billion for development schemes. Catering to miscellaneous sewerage and drainage requirements in different Towns of Lahore will cost Rs 145 million.
Restoration of Original Cross Section of 40 feet of Satto Katla Drain from Ferozepur Road to PECO Road, Lahore will cost Rs 115 million.
An amount of Rs 115 million will be spent on preparation of Master Plan of water supply, sewerage and drainage system for Lahore. Replacement of outlived water supply lines in various localities of the city will cost Rs 500 million.
Laying of sewer lines, construction of drain and disposal station for Niaz Baig drainage system UC-117, 118,119 and 120 District Lahore will be executed in Rs 1 billion. Elimination of sewerage Inlets in Lahore Branch Canal from Harbanspura interchange will cost Rs 232 million.
Improvement of water supply system in MA Johar Town and Tajpura through zoning/isolation, installation of filtration plants and 100 percent metering (bulk, distribution and consumer levels), Lahore will cost Rs 300 million.
Construction of RCC conduit sewer from Shoukat Khanum Hospital Chowk to Sattu Katla Drain, Lahore will cost Rs 300 million. Installation of 25 new tube-wells will cost Rs 100 million. A sum of Rs 210 million will be spent for installation of 105 water filtration plants in the city.