Karachi's Waterborne Mafia

In Karachi, the scarcity of government-supplied water has given way to a lucrative “water tanker mafia” enabled by paid-off water board officials, police and landlords.

The city's water crisis is driven by supply issues. The city needs 1,200 million gallons of water a day, but just 450 million are supplied. About half of municipal water is sold by tanker drivers who sell water siphoned off via punctures in government pipes. Prices vary according to the water quality, topping out at $150 for month’s supply of government water, which is considered the cleanest—leaving the poorest residents to shell out about $20 a month for polluted, well-dug water, reports Diaa Hadid.

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