KWSC announces new policy for water boring

Five-member committee has been formed for issuance of licence, says spokesperson

Suleman Saadat
KWSC announces new policy for water boring
A representational image of water being poured into bucket. — Gill
  • Licence for industrial areas will be valid for 2 years.
  • All previous licences to be cancelled: notification.
  • Rs5m to be fined for water theft and illegal sale.

The Karachi Water and Sewerage Corporation (KW&SC) announced a new policy regarding groundwater boring to curb water theft and ensure government revenue, said the company's CEO Syed Salahuddin Ahmed on Saturday.

According to the notification issued by the water supply company, the licence to extract groundwater in industrial areas will be valid for two years. 

Moreover, all the previous licences will be suspended as meters will be installed on all bores, read the notification. It added that licence will be mandatory for using groundwater for industrial purposes.

The notification further mentioned that each licence will have a maximum set of four bores/tube wells situated nearby. However, if someone is interested to have more than four bores, he will have to seek an additional licence.

As per the notification, five categories for groundwater — industrial, ground water operator, commercial, health care and educational institute and residential complex — have been created.

A KW&SC spokesperson said that a five-member committee has been formed for the issuance of licence.

The spokesperson maintained that the boring water corporation's line will be 330 feet away from the reservoir and the pumping station, adding that licence holders will be fined Rs5 million for stealing or selling water illegally.