By: Kabeer Yousuf
MUSCAT: Water woes in Muscat will be over early today as the pipeline works are progressing on a warfooting and are expected to be completed before the scheduled time of 4 pm, according to the Public Authority for Water and Electricity (PAEW).
Speaking to the Observer, Hafidh al Hasani, Director of Communications at PAEW, said that more than 90 per cent of work is complete and the rest will be done by today.
He further stated that cooperation with various departments has enabled the Authority to keep essential public services uninterrupted.
“Before we started the capacity boosting work on the pipelines, we coordinated with the Ministry of Defence which provided us with many tankers to supply water to the Royal Oman Police and various hospitals in the country. We are happy to say the works will be over today and regular water supply will resume before the announced time”.
Various tankers were pressed to a number of distribution points. 1.5 and 3.5 gallon capacity vehicles were pulled back from places of less demand such as MSQ, British Council area and Al Araimi area and were deployed to places of high demand such as Ruwi and Al Amerat. Regular water supply was affected in Al Khuwair (except Al Khuwair 25), Al Qurum, MSQ, Hay al Sarooj, Madinat al Ilam, Ministries and Embassies District, Watayyah, Bausher, Muscat, Amerat and Muttrah.
Additionally, the 10,000 gallon tankers provided by the Ministry of Housing were also helpful in catering to the increased demand, according to the Authority.
There were long queues of people at the distribution points who said they had feared they would run short of water especially on a Friday.
“I was totally lost to learn that there is no water but the vehicles that offered free water was of great help. We were happy, for after all it is for a good cause,” Ayman, an Egyptian chef in Ruwi told the Observer.
Meanwhile, private tankers were discretely charging between RO 20 to 25 to fill an average household tanker of 300 gallons.
“Public wouldn’t have to depend on private tankers who would be taking the situation for granted. We have enough and more tankers to cater to the whole governorate’s affected places,” Hafidh said.
SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER