MUSCAT: More than three bursts in the pipelines on Thursday afternoon left people in various parts of Muscat governorate without water.
It was a bolt from the blue after the major water stoppage in recent years due to the upgradation of pipelines last week.
One of the three major breaches happened behind the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Ruwi where water was seen flowing across the wadi to the other side where the final works of micro-tunnelling of the 40-kilometre-long pipeline from Ghubra to Al Bustan is being carried out.
The second one reported was at the Hamriya roundabout where the water was gushing for hours at the time of going to print. The Royal Oman Police (ROP) swung into action and alerted motorists of flashfloods ahead.
Most of the buildings in Hamriya were left dry since afternoon on Thursday.
In CBD area a line was broken near the Al Massa Hall traffic signal since evening. Vehicle movement was slowed in this area as motorists tried to avoid water being splashed onto the pedestrians.
When contacted, the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) confirmed that there were multiple pipe bursts in some parts of the Muscat city and that efforts are on to repair and resume water supply soon.
“We are aware of some bursts to the 300 diameter pipes that carried water to certain areas by afternoon and efforts are on to rectify the same and restart water supply”, Hafiz bin Ali al Hasani, Director of Communications at PAEW told the Observer.
Meanwhile, private tankers got busy with calls from various households to refill their tanks. Prices too went high and the tankers charged RO 10 to 15 for filling water.
As part of implementing a number of water projects that contribute to the upgrading of this vital sector in the various governorates of the Sultanate, the Authority has recently replaced the old pipes with new water line of 1,600 mm diameter which extended from the Ghubra Desalination Plant till Old Muscat area. This has resulted in nearly 48 hours of stoppage of water supply to a number of areas in the capital area from February 12 to 14.
SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER