Wasim Hussain
The water tank supplies drinking water to the people of Ormara.
Water-borne disease is feared due to the dismal condition of the water tank in Ormara, a town in Gwadar district of Balochistan. The tank lacks proper wall or roof and the floor is unclean due to which the water is getting contaminated.
According to the locals, the taste of drinking water has also changed.
Water to the tank, located in 69 area, is supplied from Civil area and the residents are supplied with water from this tank twice in a week and that too only for few minutes.
When PakVoices contacted Vice Chairman Municipal Committee Ormara Khalil Madni, he told that due to delay in tank’s cleanliness and repair the drinking water has become salty.
Not only it’s colour but the taste of the water has also changed due to pollution.
“Maulana Wasai, who was Minister for Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) during the tenure of the last government had approved tender of Rs 280 million for solving this utmost importance issue, “ he said.
The tender included establishing of water well in Civil area, tank repair and laying of the pipeline.
“ The well and laying of the pipeline has been completed, but the contractor is delaying repairing the water tank, due to which there is fear that water-borne diseases might spread,” he told Pak Voices.
This water has the potential to cause water-borne disease in the area, warn health experts.
He further told that even Chairman Municipal Committee Ormara Amir Iqbal had discussed this issue with Secretary PHED Balochistan but still the work is being delayed.
In response to a question he said, MPA Gawadar Mir Hamal Klamti is also in constant touch with us and is trying to solve this issue so that people could enjoy clean water during summer.
Work on Basol Dam is also in progress, which will also be beneficial to the people of Ormara.
Wasim Hussain is working with PakVoices as a citizen journalist from Ormara. 
This article has been translated by Aneela Riazuddin. 

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