The MC is all set to launch a drive to put an end to the wastage of potable water supplied to the city residents during the morning hours (5.30 am to 9am). To be launched from April 15, the drive will continue till June 30.
The MC has formed 16 teams comprising three members each to challan those misusing potable water with a fine of `2,000.
BK Dhawan, executive engineer, MC, said, last year, the MC had issued around 300 challans for those misusing potable water and had earned the revenue of rs 6 lakh, whereas in 2013, over 1,000 violators were fined and Rs 20 lakh were collected.
Notices will be issued to many residents for wastage or misuse of water due to overflow from overhead or underground water tanks, leakages in pipeline from ferrule to watermeters and leakage or overflow from desert coolers.
"People have been given time to repair the defects. If not solved in time, they will be fined," he said, adding the fine would be recovered through regular water bills, and even booster pumps and hosepipes used by the defaulters would be confiscated. The water connection of repeated offenders will be disconnected without any further notice.
Senior deputy mayor Rajesh Kumar Gupta pointed out that there were more than one lakh houses in the city and every household, on an average, had two cars.
"Though the teams formed by the MC had challaned only 300 violators last year, the actual number of violators could be many more,"he remarked.
He added, "I can't understand why the MC has banned washing of cars and watering of lawns during the morning hours, when they cannot stop the wastage of water due to leaks. This entire exercise of challaning defaulters is futile. The MC should, instead, concentrate on improving the water distribution network."
According to the official records, the wastage of water due to leakage is 20 million gallons per day - causing loss of around `10 crore to the MC - and can be used to cater for around 48,000 houses in the city.
DOS AND DON'TS
To wash a car, use water from bucket instead of water pipe between 5.30am and 9am
Watering of courtyards and lawns banned during morning hours
Residents should check wastage of water due to overflow from overhead or underground water tanks, leakage in pipeline from ferrule to watermeters, and leakage or overflow from desert coolers
Don't use booster pumps on the main water supply line.