Sunday, December 09, 2012
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Photo source: Abdulla Al Rashdi

So old news already, is that a water main in the Southern Relief Road which links the Sultan Qaboos Sports stadium with MSQ/Khuwair and the last part of the Muscat Express way that goes down to Qurum (formerly death valley road) burst and took out the road yesterday early morning.

There has not really been much in the way of updates on this situation yet and so I thought I'd make a few observations here....

The break, is right by the old Hi FM building fly over - where you go to get to the ABA school and the Muscat Rugby Club grounds.

Already there are people living in Al Khuwair, Ruwi and Muttrah who are saying they do not have any water. I find it hard to believe that the only water main supply to Ruwi/Muttrah is via this artery, but perhaps it is. So far, as best as I know, no date for restoration of services has been given, neither have residents in the affected areas been given a number to call for a free water bowser supply to their homes.

I wonder how long it will take to fix it, and whether or not it will be fixed properly, or the usual, fill the hole with sand, roll it a bit and then put tarmac over it procedure that seems to be increasingly common around here. Apparently a PAEW spokesperson last night stated that the water pipe will be repaired within 20 hours and that water bowsers will be on standby for those without water. The statement is only about the pipe, not the road.

Perhaps the reasons why you don't just automatically go for the lowest bidder are starting to show through the cracks?

It's just a guess but I'm assuming that these repair works will probably take quite some time to complete fully - the entire area will have to be excavated, then the heavy mass concrete surround will need to be poured and cured, and then the road will need to be repaired over top.... that's going to take, in this town... weeks I'd say. Lets hope I'm wrong!

le fin.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Sythe,

I would appreciate it if you could update this post if you get any further information. I am living in Al Khuwair and have been chasing the blue water trucks to get my water tank filled up. If the authorities do publish a phone number to get water delivered it would be good to know.

Cheers M.R.

The Duncan Adventures said...

It looks more like an earth quake has struck!

The Duncan Adventures said...

It looks more like an earth quake has struck!

Julien Jackson said...

Interesting you mentioned about the lowest bid for infrastructure works here, get what you pay for and costs are certainly being slashed in Oman and the end results show it.

Oman Collective Intelligence said...

Anon; i have the number of a blue truck water guy, if you still need it drop me a mail.

Anonymous said...

No news when the water supply will be restored......very hard time indeed

Anonymous said...

I was told that it is restored and ruwi started to get water slowly is it ?

Anonymous said...

Can anyone please confirm if the water supply to ruwi has been restored ?

Anonymous said...

I live in Darsait and we still don't have water as at 12 noon on Monday 10th Dec.... heard we may not have water for 2 days more... really struggling right now with this hindrance.

Anonymous said...

still no water in ruwi. the response to try and fix this has been horrible. the streets of ruwi and wadi al kabir should be full of water tankers since water has been restored to al khuwair now. but no trucks or HELP in sight & the situation is getting worse.

Anonymous said...

Ruwi residents are in a horrible condition no hope of water supply being restored soon looking at the sky for rain :)

Anonymous said...

Drinking less water so that the need to go to bathroom is reduced...... just waiting when i will start gulping water again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Allah and to the people who worked endlessly till the water supply was restored......hope this situation never arises again. :)

Anonymous said...

"Since Saturday, residents have been struggling for water supply and ‘blue water tankers’ have exploited the situation by demanding three to five fold price for a tanker during the last three days." (from Gulf News)

One wouldn't expect anything less. True colours always come out.

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