Muscat: The wilayats of Muscat, Mutrah, Bausher and Al Amerat are likely to be hit by a shortage of water because of a leakage yesterday at the main pumping station at the first desalination plant in Ghubra.
The water levels in the reservoirs that feed these wilayats may go down due to the leakage, leading to decrease in water supply to the distribution tanks in some wilayats of the Governorate of Muscat, an official source at the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) said, adding that the second pumping station is working at its full capacity to supply water.
The source said that repair work was in progress since the morning and hoped the entire process would be completed soon. The source added that PAEW would provide water tankers to the affected areas in case of shortages and consumers were requested to communicate with the customer service centre (1442) for help. Consumers have also been advised to rationalise the use of water consumption till the leakage is fixed.
The source also said that PAEW plans to construct an alternative pumping station at the Ghubra desalination station. One of the specialised companies is likely to be roped in to meet the increasing demand of water.
The source said the government had recently awarded a tender for the construction of a new desalination plant at Ghubra to produce 42 million gallons of water per day and the pumping station is expected to start operation at the beginning of 2015.