Possibility of freezing water lines: PHE issues advisory

Possibility of freezing water lines: PHE issues advisory
A man uses a mini hand stove to de-frost the water pipes as the chilling cold often leads to the freezing of supply pipes across Kashmir. [File] Aman Farooq for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Due to the intense cold wave and the possibility of freezing of water supply lines in Kashmir, Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department Saturday issued an advisory for the consumers.

“Given the intense cold wave and sub-zero temperatures, there is a possibility of adverse effects on regular water supply all over Kashmir compounded by the receding water levels in the sources,” reads the advisory.

It said that the PHE was ensuring normal water supply from its plants of Kashmir but the people were advised to take some precautionary measures so that the adverse effects on the water supply were minimised.

“The people have been advised that exposed pipes in the homes and compounds be properly covered with anti-freezing materials like foam, cloth, or jute materials. This will minimise the chances of disruption of freezing,” the advisory reads.

It has also advised the consumers that regular storages be made in the tanks so that water remains available in case of disruption.

“The water tanks should be properly covered to avoid freezing of water in them and thus cracking of the tanks,” it reads.

The advisor has also assured consumers that the department was making all efforts to ensure the usual water supply for the public all over Kashmir.

The department has also set up Provincial Control Room in the Srinagar district which functions 24x7.

“People can call on the helpline numbers to get their grievances redressed. The contact numbers are 01942452047 and 01942477207,” the PHE said.

As per the advisory, control rooms are functional in the districts under the control of concerned executive engineers and superintending engineers.

“The numbers of these executive engineers are Executive Engineer, Srinagar, Ishfaq Ahmad Mir: 7051995426; Executive Engineer, Budgam, Najeeb Aziz Tramboo: 7889525935; Executive Engineer, Baramulla, Javed Ahmad Sofi, 9596256625; Executive Engineer, Bandipora, Abdul Khaliq Qureshi: 9419171228; Executive Engineer, Kupwara, Farooq Ahmad Sultanpuri: 7889398474; Executive Engineer, Pulwama, Farid Reshi: 7006890636; Executive Engineer, Shopian, Irfan-ul-Islam: 9419011851, Executive Engineer, Anantnag, Muhammad Hanief: 9419009552, Executive Engineer, Kulgam, Qazi Mushtaq: 9419843376, and Assistant Executive Engineer, Ganderbal, Ali Muhammad: 9797812633,” the PHE said.

It said that in case of need, people could demand water tankers.

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