Water conservation

Wasa will add a fine to bills to stop wasting water

LAHORE: To prevent consumers from wasting groundwater, the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) has decided to include fines in the monthly water bills of citizens who waste water.

The decision was taken by the Agency’s DMD Ghafran Ahmed. The decision will help the agency conserve groundwater in addition to helping educate users about saving water.

Wasa has previously involved Dolphin Police Force in the activity which has shared photos of people with Wasa who have been found wasting groundwater by cleaning their cars or ramps of tap water.

According to data collected from Wasa, the pending fines reported by Dolphin Police during the period from January 1, 2022 to January 25, 2022 were 427, which will be added to the monthly water bills of affected consumers.

These included 65 challans from Allama Iqbal town, 19 from Aziz Bhatti and Wagah towns, 20 from Gulberg town, 11 from Gunj Bakhsh town, 23 from Jubilee town, 82 from Nishter town, 24 from Ravi town, 22 from Shalimar town, 154 from non-Wasa areas and seven were untraceable.

As soon as Wasa received a photo, she issued a fine notice to the person concerned with the evidence, but in many cases people did not bother to pay the fine. To remedy this problem, DMD ordered that fines be included in the water bills of the culprits.

He added that Wasa had also set up teams in each directorate to patrol and issue tickets for water wastage and targets were given to each director to ensure water wastage would stop.

The Agency’s DMD, while talking with the scribe, said the decision was made in the wake of water conservation. He said the water table was depleting at a rate of one meter per year which was very alarming and should be stopped to continue providing clean drinking water for our future generations.

He said the move will help in water conservation and reduce the load on the groundwater table besides helping in efficient distribution of available water between existing consumers and new consumers in a smart way.

He said Wasa was also taking other measures to conserve water, including operating tube wells at specific times, installing water meters, constructing rainwater storage tanks and carrying out awareness campaigns among the masses.