Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Local Government Minister, Faisal Amin Khan Gandapur, on Wednesday inaugurated the Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and automatic water testing devices installed on utility tube wells. Peshawar Water and Sanitation System (WSSP).
In an effort to move towards automation, the company installed the first SCADA system of its kind on 46 tube wells in the province and automatic water quality sensors to check water quality in its first phase .
The project is being implemented with financial assistance from Unicef and technical support from Peshawar University of Engineering Technology (UET) at a cost of Rs 12.9 million.
WSSP Director General Dr. Hassan Nasir, Director General of Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PMER) Syed Zamirul Hassan and Area Director Anwarul Haq were present on the occasion.
PMER General Manager briefed the Minister on the importance and operation of SCADA which will enable WSSP to automatically switch tubewells and obtain accurate data on power and water supply parameters.
He said the data would be logged via GSM or mobile SIM to a monitoring website and dashboard that helps WSSP measure the exact energy consumption of each tubewell and the amount of water it pumps into. the water supply system.
“WSSP can also determine if a tube well’s water production capacity is increasing or decreasing, allowing the company to design a long-term plan based on this data in the future,” the director said. general.
The minister was also briefed on the installation of automatic water quality sensors fitted to six tube wells at a cost of Rs 5 million.
The general manager explained that the device would automatically take water samples and test its quality.
“It will instantly test the water sample with less chance of error, reduce transport costs and quickly identify contamination,” he said.
The project is implemented with financial assistance from Unicef and technical assistance from UoE.
The minister commended the company for moving towards automating its water supply system and said the system would help the company improve its services.
The minister has asked other water and sewerage companies in KP to follow WSSP in upgrading its services.
To a question, he said that the WSSP was one of the examples to prove that the government is working on policies that will strengthen the departments.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 13e2022.