Contradictory News on Drying up of Ibri’s Essential Water Basin


May 2, 2017 | 1:21 PM
By Times News Service
Photo – @ShuraCouncil_OM

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Muscat: There is a noticeable decline in the Masarat water basin level, a Shura member announced in an “urgent statement” at a Shura Council meeting.

During Tuesday’s Shura General Session number 14, His Excellency Sultan Al Ibri made an urgent statement regarding water levels in the Masarat water basin in Ibri, quoted by the Shura Council’s official Twitter account.

“The Masarat water basin project is a gift from His Highness for the people of Al Dhahirah and Wilayat Bahala, and there is a noticeable decline in the basin water.”

“The current situation of the Masarat project basin requires urgent measures.”

“Al Ibri calls for the extension of a water line to the Al Dhahirah Governorate from desalination plants in the neighboring areas,” one tweet stated.

Al Ibri also claimed that the water is being drained by other authorities.

“Al Ibri indicated that there is a presence of ‘bodies’ draining the Masarat water basin.”

In another tweet, Al Ibri is quoted calling for competent authorities to take precautionary measures, in order to avoid depletion that may occur, and in accordance with the water security policy in place.

In the urgent statement, Al Ibri also said, “It is nationally and internationally forbidden for fresh water to be used in petroleum/oil related purposes.”

April 25, 2017 | 11:13 AM
By Alya Al Harthy
Photo – @paew_oman

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Muscat: Social media rumours about drying up of water in the Ibri water basin are false, according to government officials.

The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) took to social media on Monday evening to clear up rumours circulating about the Masarat water basin network in the Governorate of Al Dhahira.

“We would like to clarify that there is a relative decrease in the level of water at the well basin, due to the decrease in rainfall. As a precautionary measure, the Public Authority for Electricity and Water has been digging several wells, which have been connected to the network of wells. Work hours have also been decreased for tankers in locations that are connected to the Masarat basin,” the statement read.

The PAEW also posted tweets from one of their engineers Abdullah Al Nuaimi, who wrote, “We began the launch of a new tanker system, which has affected the level of transport, and we can confirm that the issue of drought is a rumour. There is a slight drop in the level of water, but we started digging 10 new wells to avoid water shortage. The additional wells will serve as support, with one well covering 50 to 60 homes. Work is also under way with the desalination project,” he said.

The PAEW also assured the public that water levels are safe for consumers: “The levels of water are at an acceptable standard, and there is no issue at this time that should cause concern. The public will be notified with any developments regarding water shortage, as we follow principles of professionalism and transparency in all our work.”

The PAEW also stressed on the importance of rationing water use.

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