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Declining Hub dam water level adds to Karachi’s water woes

KARACHI: Water level at the Hub dam has dropped to a dangerous point, triggering severe water shortage in several areas of the metropolis already heavily deficient in water. 

Denizens inhabiting the areas falling within the jurisdiction of Central and West districts of the city have been hit hard by water scarcity.

There doesn’t seem any measures on the part of water utility to tackle the water crisis and ensure supply of water to citizens who have been left at the mercy of tanker mafia.

Water in the dam located 56 km from the city has declined to a low level owing to the lack of run-off in recent months.

Most parts of the country face drought-like situation as last year’s monsoon was about a quarter below the norm and winter rains were about half the average.

The Hub dam is extended to 24,300 acres with gross storage capacity of 857000 acre feet. It is the Pakistan’s third largest dam and an important source that meets water needs of the city. The dam provides 100 million gallons water per day to the city.

The water level in the reservoir goes down due to drought like conditions with scarce rainfall in the catchment area of Hub Dam having total capacity at 339 feet.

The last time the dam reached its full capacity was in 2013, when the water level was enough to meet the citizen’s requirements for three years, water board sources said.

The dam is not only a source of water for Karachi, but also supplies water to Hub and Lasbella district and the surrounding areas for irrigation purposes.

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