PESHAWAR: In a bid to harness solar energy and reduce reliance on the national grid, Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) has triumphantly transformed three tube wells with financial aid from Islamic Relief. These solarized tube wells are situated in Audit Colony, Gullay Baba, and Bahadar Kalay. Furthermore, the WSSP has introduced an automated water quality testing system and extended the SCADA system to an additional 87 tube wells, bringing the total to 133 within their administrative domain. This shift promises to bring about substantial savings in electricity expenses for the company. There are also plans in motion for the solarization of three more tube wells. The inauguration of these solar-powered tube wells was conducted by Caretaker Minister for Local Government Elections and Rural Development Department (LGE&RDD) Engineer Aamer Durrani, with the presence of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Hassan Nasir, GM Planning Syed Zamir-ul-Hassan, Zonal Manager Maria Shehnaz, Project Manager Sarmad Rashid from Islamic Relief, Project Engineer Ghulam Muhammad, and Farid Ahmad. During the ceremony, the minister was informed that this transition to solar energy would not only reduce operational expenses but also enhance pumping hours, ensure better service delivery, enable automated monitoring, prompt detection of mechanical and electrical faults, maintain records of electricity consumption, and curb electricity theft. The minister praised WSSP’s dedication to utilizing solar energy, emphasizing its effectiveness, especially in a time when the country faces an energy crisis. He also highlighted the success of converting tube wells to solar power and the government’s broader efforts to shift more tube wells to solar energy across the province. With Peshawar’s increasing population, the challenges in water supply and sanitation have grown, and WSSP’s initiatives have notably improved the city’s sanitation system.