Water filtration plants and treatment plants installed in different areas of Sindh’s Sujawal district are lying dysfunctional, compelling inhabitants of the coastal town to consume water unsafe for health.
The district has already been braving a shortage of water, and this issue of defective water plants would further aggravate the situation and cause stomach-related diseases.
These filtration plants were installed in Jati, Chuhar Jamali, Sujawal, and Mirpur Bathoro by the provincial government around five years back with an investment worth millions – but following negligence of local administration, these water plants are lying dysfunctional.
Talking to Minute Mirror, residents of these areas held the public health department responsible for the non-maintenance of the water filtration plants and accused them of embezzling the budget meant for maintenance of these plants.
Mukhtiyar Zaur, leader of Mirpur Bathoro Citizen Organisation, said that these plants were installed to facilitate the poor population of the district that could not afford to procure clean water, but since those plants had turned defective, they were consuming brackish water from different channels that would cause multiple diseases.
Social activist Noman Shoro said that the salinity level had increased in the district, and water experts had declared the water being consumed by the local population hazardous to human health. Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party’s district president Abdul Ghani Malah said that those who were employed for the maintenance of these water filter plants were not getting their salaries for a long time.