By Staff Reporter
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Minister Faisal Amin Khan Gandapur on Wednesday inaugurated Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and Automatic Water Testing Devices installed on Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) tube-wells.
In an effort to switch towards automation, the company installed first of its kind SCADA system on 46 tube-wells in the province and automatic water quality sensors to check water quality in its first phase. The project is implemented with financial assistance of UNICEF and technical support from University of Engineering Technology Peshawar (UET) at a cost of Rs12.9 million.
Chief Executive Officer WSSP Dr Hassan Nasir, General Manager Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PMER) Syed Zamirul Hassan, Zonal Manager Anwarul Haq were present on the occasion.
General manager of PMER briefed the minister on importance and operation of SCADA which will enable WSSP automatic switching of tube-wells and get accurate data on electrical and water supply parameters.
He said the data would be saved through GSM or mobile SIM on a website and a monitoring dashboard that help WSSP measures exact power consumption of each tube-well and quantity of water it pumps into water supply system.
“WSSP can also ascertain if a tube-well’s water production capacity is increasing or decreasing, enabling the company to devise long-term plan on basis of that data in future,” the general manager said.
The minister was also briefed on installation of automatic water quality sensors installed on six tube-wells at a cost of Rs5 millions.
The general manager explained that the devices would automatically take samples from water and test its quality. “It will instantly test water sample with less chances of error, save transport cost and timely identification of contamination,” he said. The project also being implemented with financial assistance from UNICEF and technical assistance of UET.
The minister lauded the company for moving towards automation of its water supply system and said that the system would help the company to improve its services.
The minister asked other water and sanitation companies in KP to follow WSSP in modernizing its services. To a question, he said that WSSP was one of the examples to prove that the government is working on policies that will strengthen departments.