United States to help Capital Development Authority save Electricity and Improve Water Supply to Islamabad

Islamabad, July 17, 2012 (PPI-OT): The United States Government has joined Capital Development Authority (CDA) to replace nearly 200 outdated electrical pumps in order to improve water supply for Islamabad, reduce energy consumption, and decrease electricity bills for CDA.

This initiative was launched today by Jonathan Conly, Country Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal at the Fatima Jinnah Park, where the first pump was replaced in front of the media and government officials.

While addressing the guests and the media, USAID Country Director Jonathan Conly said, “ I would like to thank CDA for being a pioneer promoting energy efficiency in the public sector. We hope that this initiative will inspire other municipalities across the country to join our efforts, in partnership with distribution companies and the Ministry of Water and Power, and reduce the energy consumption through more energy-efficient technologies – thus making the gap between the energy demand and supply smaller.”

CDA has 187 tubewell pumps throughout Islamabad. Only 132 are working; the rest are broken. The ones that are still working operate with less than 30% efficiency, resulting in increasingly large electricity bills for CDA. In addition, these pumps fail to provide adequate water supply for Islamabad residents. Many residential areas have no potable water for more than a month at a time.

The replacement of the CDA pumps will save approximately 2 Megawatts of electricity for the national grid. This amount of electricity is sufficient to supply power to 4,500 households. Equally importantly, the new pumps will ensure a much better water supply for the city residents and reduce electricity bills for CDA.

The replacement of municipal water pumps is a new USAID energy efficiency initiative that builds on the USAID energy efficiency effort in the agriculture sector. Over the past two years, USAID, in cooperation with the Ministry of Water and Power, has helped more than 2,600 farmers replace their pumps, saving more than 18 Megawatts for the national grid and significantly reducing farmers’ electricity bills. To ensure that farmers are getting energy efficient pumps, USAID certified several local tubewell pump producers for compliance with the international energy efficiency standard ISO 9906.

This energy efficiency effort is yet another example of the U.S. Government long-term commitment to support Pakistan’s energy sector priorities. U.S. assistance focuses on supporting the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to increase the availability of energy and promote reforms to help the power sector function more efficiently.

For more information, Contact:
USAID Power Distribution Program
Zia Ur Rehman
Communications Manager
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 2270911-916 Ext (106)
Fax: +92 51 8312997
Mobile: +92-334 513 0 950
Email: zrehman@pdip.pk
Web: www.pdip.pk