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Muscat water crisis is likely to end today


Residents ferrying water from fountains to meet their daily requirements. Pic: Jun Estrada/TIMES OF OMAN

Muscat: Amidst the acute water crisis following the pipeline burst in Al Khuwair, the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) said they expect to restore water supply today. "Right now we are trying to repair the damaged pipeline and if everything goes well, we will be able to start water supply by Tuesday," Abdullah Al Naa'mi, Control Centre Manager at the PAEW, said.

The PAEW official said that the damaged portion was removed from the main pipeline at Al Khuwair yesterday afternoon. "But we are still in the process of replacing the damaged portion with the new one," he said. "We have detected the fault which is just four-metre long. We will be sending the damaged pipe to a laboratory to ascertain the reason for the burst," the official said.

Experts believe that chemical reactions might have corroded the pipeline leading to the massive leakage. The PAEW said their first priority would be to complete the repair work and resume normal water supply. "We are optimistic that we will be able to start supply by tomorrow. Initially, the pressure will be low and it will take another 24 hours to bring normalcy," he added.

Meanwhile, the city is reeling under acute water crisis. Residents were seen queuing up in front of fountains and water tankers in Muscat, Mutrah, Amerat, Ruwi, Wadi Kabir and Wattayah to fetch a bucket of water. Tankers were seen ferrying water to residential complexes, villas,  schools and business houses. As the crisis worsened yesterday, tanker owners hiked their fee and started demanding between RO30 and RO40 depending on the size of the tanks.

"On Sunday, they were supplying water for just RO20 but today they are demanding RO40," said a Mutrah resident. A large number of restaurants and coffee shops in Mutrah, CBD and MBD were shut due to unavailability of water. "We can't clean the utensils so there is no point in keeping them open," a restaurant worker in CBD said.

The official of PAEW said that they have started deploying water tankers in several areas. "Altogether 30 tankers are supplying water from Al Khuwair to Amerat to cater to the needs of residents," the official said. Meanwhile, Majlis Al Shura Office yesterday held its fifth regular meeting of the second annual sitting (2012 - 2013) under the chairmanship of Salim bin Ali Al Ka'abi, deputy chairman of the Majlis.

The Majlis office reviewed the problems arising out of broken water pipeline in the Wilayat of Bausher, leading to the disruption of water supply in some areas of the Governorate of Muscat. Meanwhile, the PAEW announced the suspension of water supply in Seeb from Thursday to Saturday following installation of water metres allocated for project control system.

"While in Wadi Al Lawami and Al Muabila Al Hanubla, water supply will be disrupted on Thursday and Friday, there will be no water supply in Al Kuad Al Souq on Friday and Saturday," a statement from PAEW said. Officials are also trying to ascertain whether the damaged pipeline was laid in 1990 or six years ago during the construction of the 23 July Street.

"On Sunday, they were supplying water for just RO20 but today they are demanding RO40," said a Mutrah resident. A large number of restaurants and coffee shops in Muttrah, CBD and MBD were shut due to unavailability of water. "We can't clean the utensils so there is no point in keeping them open," a restaurant worker in CBD said.

A PAEW official said they have started deploying tankers in several areas. "Altogether, 30 tankers are supplying water from Al Khuwair to Amerat to cater to the needs of residents," the official said. Meanwhile, Majlis Al Shura Office yesterday reviewed the problems arising out of the broken water pipeline in the Wilayat of Bausher, leading to the disruption of water supply in some areas of the Governorate of Muscat.

The PAEW announced the suspension of water supply in Seeb from Thursday to Saturday following installation of water metres allocated for project control system. "While water supply will be disrupted in Wadi Al Lawami and Al Muabila Al Hanubla on Thursday and Friday, there will be no water supply in Al Kuad Al Souq on Friday and Saturday," a statement from PAEW said. Officials are also trying to ascertain whether the damaged pipeline was laid in 1990 or six years ago.

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I am a resident of Al Khuwair near Saffer International. Today is Wednesday. Till now we are not getting water. We are suffering a lot due to the scarcity of water. How long we can survive like this. The concerned authorities should rectify this problem immediately please....




Thousands of people suffered due this breakage. PAEW call center was not answering any calls, but playing a recorded message. It would have been good from PAEW to sms alert to pulic about the intrrution and a regular update. Theoriticaaly when a water or Electricity connection is given to building it is a contractual agreement to ensure supply. When there is an inttruption it is the responsibility of the service provider to provide alternate services. I also really doubt the corrosion story, if right it could be a serious engineering ( design ) problem as well. All aspects including direct and indrest losses ( many people could not attend offices and loss of business henceforth) to be studied and corrective and preventive action shall be in place to prevent this kind of reuptures costing a huge sum to the govt. and also put people in real difficulty.