MUSCAT: The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) has asked the public to rationalise usage and take precautionary measures to avoid crisis when water supply shuts across the city for three days from Thursday.
As reported first by Muscat Daily, a major part of Muscat will be hit as work to lay 1,600mm diameter pipelines begins. To deal with emergencies, the authority has earmarked 19 points where it will distribute water on Friday and Saturday.
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In an official statement, PAEW said that a number of projects are contributing to the upgrade of this vital sector. “The authority plans to achieve clean drinking water distribution to 98 per cent of the population by 2040. For this, PAEW is constantly increasing the water production capacity in addition to raising efficiency of the existing distribution pipelines,” it said.
The project will see the current 600mm diameter pipelines replaced by 1,600mm ones. The existing pipes were laid in the ’70s and have corroded over the years, causing leakage.
Water supply will be cut for three days from Thursday in Al Khuwayr (except Al Khuwayr 25), Qurm, Madinat as Sultan Qaboos, Hay al Sarooj, Madinat al Ilam, Ministries & Embassies District, Wattayah, the wilayats of Bausher, Muscat, Amerat and Muttrah.
The PAEW in his statement has asked people to store enough water before Thursday to meet their requirements during the supply cut. It has suggested avoiding watering gardens, washing cars with hose pipes, washing floors, using dish washers, washing machines etc.
SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY