• Pipeline of trouble: Aging sewer systems releasing sewage into rivers, streams

    Trash hangs on trees after water receded along a creek in Indianapolis in Sept. 2003. The trash was accompanied by raw sewage that overflows into rivers and streams after heavy rains. Examples of recent, major sewage spills. Some of these municipal sewer authorities already have been fined or face other enforcement action for these or other spills.

  • Sewer facilities for 200 villages soon: Sheila

    Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced on Saturday that her Government would soon provide sewer facilities in about 200 villages of the Capital to ensure facilities at par with the other approved colonies. Laying the foundation stone of a new 58-lakh-litre capacity underground reservoir and booster pumping station at Narela, Ms. Dikshit, who is also Chairperson of the Delhi Jal Board, said the Board would construct 58 underground reservoirs by 2009, of which 28 would be in East Delhi. Asserting that the Delhi Government was committed to providing drinking water supply to rural areas, she said a comprehensive plan had been chalked out for this purpose. "The Delhi Jal Board has commissioned a city-wide study with a planning perspective of 2011. This study had created a workable model to commission 109 reservoirs. "This would go a long way in improving availability and ensuring pressure of water in various parts of Delhi,' she added. East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit, local MLA Charan Singh Kandera, Councillor Sharad Chauhan and Delhi Jal Board Chief Executive Officer Arun Mathur were among those present at the function. Ms. Dikshit said in order to rationalise water distribution in North Delhi, West Delhi, North-West Delhi, South-West Delhi and Central Delhi, 25 underground reservoir and booster pumping stations would be constructed at various locations.

  • 200 villages to get sewerage

    The Delhi government would provide sewer facilities in over 200 villages of the Capital. Chief Minister and chairperson of Delhi Jal Board Sheila Dikshit announced this during the foundation ceremony of a boaster pumping station at Narela. Over Rs 782 lakh would be spent on the construction of Narela underground reservoir. The work is likely to be completed in 12 months. Expressing the government's commitment to provide water supply in rural areas of the Capital, Dikshit said, "By 2009, 58 underground reservoirs would be constructed in the Capital. Out of these, 28 would be constructed in East Delhi.' The Delhi Jal Board has approved of Rs 263.00 crores for the construction of 14 underground reservoirs. Sandeep Dikshit, MP from East Delhi, expressed his gratitude towards the Chief Minister for the all-round development of the Capital during the last nine years. Area MLA Charan Singh Kandera also thanked the Chief Minister for approving the commissioning of 58-ML capacity underground reservoir in the area.

  • Sewerage schemes approved

    Thirty-two sewerage schemes to be completed at a cost of Rs623.706 million in Latifabad, city and Qasimabad Talukas have been approved by the District Nazim of Hyderabad, Kanwar Naveed Jamil. The decision was taken in a meeting held on Thursday at the District Nazim's Secretariat and attended by Chairman District Works and Services Committee Munawar Khanzai; Managing Director Wasa Mohammad Basheer Awan; deputy project directors HDP Kafeel Ahmed and Faheem Akhtar Junejo, and XENs. District Nazim directed the agencies to complete the schemes before monsoon and connect them with the expanded sewerage system. He ordered immediate beginning of work on the schemes. He said the district government in last two years spent billions of rupees to overcome sewerage problems which had haunted people for last so many years. The entire system was streamlined and modernised after construction of new pumping stations in three city Talukas, increasing capacity of the existing, and laying sewerage lines of bigger diameter, he said and added: "The approved schemes will be connected to new system to drain out rain water during rains.' The sewerage schemes approved were 17 for Latifabad Taluka and seven each for city and Qasimabad talukas which include laying of 12-inch diameter rising main from Thandi Sarak pumping station up to GOR Colony culvert which will cost Rs3 million. District Nazim also gave details of each new scheme in three talukas with an exact cost of each.

  • Call to revamp Lyari sewerage system

    Sewage gushing out of chocked gutters has inundated several major streets in Lyari, causing inconvenience to the residents and creating a hindrance in the smooth flow of vehicular traffic. The worst-affected areas of the locality include D. D. Chaudhry Road, Police Quarters, Baghdadi police station on Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Road and its adjacent streets. According to area people, these pools of filthy water on these streets are turning into fertile breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects increasing the possibility of an outbreak of diseases. Apart from this, the roads of the locality are also being extensively damaged adding to the problems of the already perturbed Lyariites. In a signed letter addressed to the Lyari Town nazim, copies of which had also been sent to the Sindh governor, chief minister, chief secretary and the city nazim, over 40 residents of the affected areas had deplored that the overflowing sewage from chocked lines of the locality had become a recurring menace and their repeated complaints lodged with the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) officials concerned in this regard had, so far, remained unheeded. They said that since the sewerage system had been laid some 50 years ago, the infrastructure of that period could not cope with the present-day requirements of the locality, which had witnessed a cent per cent increase in its population. They urged the relevant authorities to revamp the entire sewerage system of the locality on modern lines.The area people said that the main cause of this recurring menace of overflowing sewage was old undersized lines. They, however, deplored that the issue had been brought to the notice of the relevant authorities of the KWSB but to no avail. The KWSB people had developed a habit of expressing their inability to replace the undersized lines citing severe financial constraints, they said. Khudadad Colony Residents of Khudadad Colony, situated off Shahrah-i-Quaideen, complained that filthy water overflowing from some chocked sewers had become a recurring issue in their locality. They deplored that sewage gushing out of some chocked sewers often remained accumulated on a number of streets for days together but engineers of the KWSB neither took prompt measures to rectify the fault responsible for the chocked lines nor drained the filthy water from the roads.

  • The Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993

    An Act to provide for the prohibition of employment of manual scavengers as well as construction or continuance of dry latrines and for the regulation of construction and maintenance of water-seal latrines

  • 60,000 ton waste drained away

    Over 60,000 ton waste has been removed from the open drains and sewerage pipes in 10 localities of Lahore during the past six months by the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa). As a result of desiltation, sewage water flow in the Mian Mir, Sattu Katla, Samanabad, Gulshan-i-Ravi, Sabzazar, Babu Sabu, Awan Town, Shadbagh, Gulberg and Shadman had improved significantly, a spokesperson said on Wednesday. "The city's main drains are now capable of surviving water flow, especially during the upcoming monsoon season, from localities like Jail Road, Upper Mall, Gulberg, Shah Jamal, Iqbal Town, Muslim Town, Wahdat Colony, Garden Town and Samanabad,' the spokesperson added. The desiltation of open drains and sewerage system in Lahore was launched in January last year with the Rs789 million Japanese government's assistance.

  • Only 39 percent use improved sanitation system

    Although the country has attained 85 percent sanitation coverage, few people are using sanitary latrines, speakers at a view exchange meeting said yesterday.

  • WASA to complete 7km sewers in Uttara by June

    The Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority will complete seven kilometres of drainage lines in Uttara residential area by June this year to protect the area from water logging during monsoons.

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