Even as the public health department of the municipal corporation is issuing notices to violators for wasting water in the morning hours, its own department has failed to check leakage of water during the water supply hours in the distribution network. The wastage is maximum in colonies and villages.
Interestingly, the MC has not taken any step to reduce the leakage for the past several years. According to the official records, around 20 million gallons daily (MGD) of water is wasted daily due to leakage, which can cater to around 48,000 houses in the city. The MC is reportedly losing a revenue of Rs 10 crore annually.
There is a gap of 29 million gallons daily (MGD) between the demand and the supply. The city is receiving 87 MGD of water against the demand of 116 MGD.
For the past few years, the city has been receiving 67 MGD from the first four phases of Kajauli and the remaining from tube wells. The census data released recently puts Chandigarh at the top spot when it comes to availability of water for residents. As many as 96.7% of households have access to tap water.
However, superintending engineering, public health department, MC, RC Diwan admitted that, "There is a wastage of 24% of the total water received from sources, but even in the developed countries 15% water is considered non-accounted water and we are trying our level best to bring the wastage down to 15%. Teams have been constituted and whenever we get any complaints of leakage from any resident or councillor, we attend to it and repair the leakage."
Former mayor and councillor Harjinder Kaur said, "We have failed to understand why the MC has banned the washing of cars and water lawns during morning hours, when they cannot stop the wasting of water from the leakage. It is also causing a great revenue loss to the MC and 14 teams which have been constituted to check the violators. Rather than wasting time in trying to check the violators, they should concentrate on improving the distribution system and check the wastage of water at random."
Another BJP councillor, Satinder Singh, said, "The day is not far, when the city will face an acute shortage of water. City residents, particularly those staying on the first and the second floors, are facing difficulties in getting normal water supply. Those residing in colonies and villages are in contrast a blessed lot as they seem to be availing uninterrupted water supply free of cost and without fear of being challaned for misuse of water as MC officials are busy resting in their AC rooms."
The MC has failed to check wastage of water in colonies, especially in Janta Kumhar Colony in Sector 25, Colonies no 4 and 5, Nehru Colony, Indira Colony and Khejeri village of the city.
Tap nozzles are missing at these places and water continuously flows from the taps and those passing nearby the taps are least bothered about the water wastage as the MC has not installed any water meters in these colonies.