PESHAWAR: Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) has launched a crackdown against the unregistered water connections and disconnected 655 in different localities under its jurisdiction in Peshawar.

Water supply staffers of WSSP issued notices to hundreds of consumers who have taken unregistered connections from supply lines. The staff has regularized/registered over 768 connection during the crackdown. Water connections of consumers, unwilling to register were disconnected.

Raids were conducted in Gulbahar, Yakatoot, Chowkyagar, Sheikhabad, Lahori Gate, Ganj, Kohati, Circular Road, Nishtarabad, Sikandarpura, Qissakhwani, Kakshal and adjacent localities. These localities fall in Zone B. Four teams have been constituted that are conducting door-to-door visits to register all unregistered connections.

The teams distribute pamphlets among the consumers urging them to get their connections registered and pay their municipality bills on time for better provision of services.

The crackdown in Zone B will continue till November 27 after which action will be taken against the unregistered connections under Local Government Act 2013 and the violators could face fine. WSSP has trained its enforcement staff in this regard.

The objective of registering the unregistered water connections is to conserve water and make WSSP financially self-sufficient to provide better services.

Replacement of water supply lines is underway and so far WSSP has replaced 184 kilometer pipeline since its inception. Besides, it has controlled 85 percent of leakage in localities under its jurisdiction to supply clean drinking water. WSSP Chief Executive Officer Engr Khanzeb Khan urged consumers to pay their municipality bills on time.