KARACHI: A 72-inch pipeline was ruptured on Tuesday following a power breakdown at Dhabeji Pumping Station â€“ the most important water supply source for the city.
According to Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) officials, a power failure at the Dhabeji pumping station caused a buildup of back pressure in the pipeline; unable to take the increased pressure the 72-inch pipeline burst.
As a result, 150 million gallons of water will not be supplied to the city in the next forty-eight hours, according to a statement issued by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KSWB).
â€œTwo kilometres of land was submerged in water after the pipeline burst,â€� a KWSB spokesperson said.
Heavy equipment for repairing the damaged line was promptly transported to the pumping station on the instructions of KWSBâ€™s Managing Director Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi.
â€œThe repair work can take up to 48 hours,â€� the KWSB spokesperson said. â€œTill the pipeline is repaired, we are using alternate pipelines to supply water.â€� Â