Rawalpindi-The residents suffered a lot because of water shortage after supply of water was suspended in the city from Rawal dam due to breakdown of electricity to a feeder set up by Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), sources informed The Nation yesterday.

The water supply got suspended after an 11kv transmission line broke down near Islamabad Club at about 6am.

The breakdown of the transmission line stopped electricity supply to WASA feeder, they said.

The WASA authorities resumed the supply through generators. The authorities, however, have not been able to resume full supply to Rawalpindi urban areas and some areas under MES control in the city through generators, source said.

According to sources, the citizens faced water shortage after supply of water was suspended due to electricity breakdown to a feeder.

They said WASA obtained some 24 million gallons water per day from Rawal dam to cater the daily need of citizens.

The water from Rawal dam is mainly supplied to urban areas of the city and localities under MES control, sources said.

They said that authority could not provide the required water through generators forcing people to buy water tankers or fetch the water from far-flung areas.

The city required some 55 million gallon per day as other sources of water for WASA are 354 tube wells ad water share coming from Khanpur Dam through Rawalpindi Cantonment Board.

Prevalent dry spell had already aggravated the water supply situation in the city. WASA Managing Director (MD) Raja Shoukat Mahmood told media that the water supply got disconnected owing to power failure.

He added that later the authority resumed the supply through generators.

He said that the generators could not provide full supply of water. He noted that the staff had to switch off the generators after every two to three hours to give them rest.

Responding to a question on possible water shortage in the city, Raja Shaukat said that there would be no shortage of water in the city. He noted that the agency stored water from Rawal dam in large underground tanks in different areas of the city.

He said that the water from underground tanks was pumped to overhead tanks to further supply to housing units.

He said that the WASA would store water in tanks to the full capacity using the generators. Raja Shaukat further said that the WAPDA staff had been continuing repair work without any break sine morning.

He hoped that the ISECO staff would be able to complete the repair work sometime on Wednesday night. The electricity supply to the WASA feeder could not be resumed till filing of the report.