Power breakdown in Karachi disrupts water supply

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KARACHI: A 72-inch pipeline was ruptured the other day following a power breakdown at Dhabeji Pumping Station – the main water supply source for the city.

As per Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) officials, a power failure at the Dhabeji pumping station caused a buildup of back pressure in the pipeline which led the pipeline to burst.

Consequently, about 150 million gallons of water will not be supplied to the city in the next forty-eight hours, according to a statement issued by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KSWB).

“Two kilometres of land was submerged in water after the pipeline burst,” a KWSB spokesperson said.

KWSB’s Managing Director Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi directed the deployment of heavy equipment for the repair of the damaged line.

A KWSB spokesperson informed that the repair work may last up to 48 hours. He further added that alternate pipelines are being used to supply water until the repair work is complete.