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PAEW restores water supply
October 03, 2013 , 9 : 24 am GST
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A 400-mm diameter pipe had burst near the Ruwi roundabout, resulting in the water supply disruption.
Residents and owners of commercial establishments in and around Ruwi heaved a sigh of relief yesterday morning when the water supply was restored after an entire day of disruption.
The water supply was disrupted on Tuesday when the Public Authority for Water and Electricity (PAEW) had to carry out repair works in Ruwi. A 400mm diameter pipe had burst near the Ruwi roundabout, resulting in water supply disruption.
Some of the residents, hotels and other establishments were hit by water shortage. "Water shortage has affected us," some residents said.
Those having huge storage tanks were able to store water but others had to buy water
"The water suppliers fleeced us. They were demanding OMR12 for 650 gallons of water. Normally, its price is OMR3," hoteliers and residents in Ruwi said.
"They were minting money. The authorities should do something to stop this when a crisis like this arises," they added.
"I was about to buy water from suppliers, but when I checked the water metre, it was working. It was a sigh of relief. So, I dropped my plan to buy water, else I would have to pay huge money," a hotelier said.
"As per the PAEW's SMS, they have restored the supply. Now, everything is okay. Yesterday, we suffered a lot," the hotelier added.
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