Women of the house are not happy, and the municipal corporation is to blame. As mercury climbs every day, low water pressure and erratic supply has been haunting residents from past one month. To overcome this dry spell, women are left with no option but to adjust their body clock - early to bed and early to rise - has become their mantra as the morning supply holds the key to fulfilling the needs of the house through the day.
"For the past one month, I am getting up at 4am everyday to fill buckets as the overhead tanks never get filled. The pressure of water is too low. I am tired of the MC's irresponsible ways. They should find a concrete solution," said Pooja Khosla, a resident of Sector 40.
For nearly a month now, residents of most sectors in city residing beyond the ground floor are at the receiving end. The city is receiving 87 MGD water against the demand of 116 MGD, and the figure shoots up in peak summer (May to July). The problem will aggravate from June 1, as there will be no afternoon supply for a month.
"It is for the first time that the problem has grown to such levels. You never know when the MC will suddenly cancel supply," said Khosla, who had an additional problem.
SS Bhardwaj, president of the Citizens' Welfare Society, Sector 51, added, "We have never witnessed such a situation in the past. Due to the scorching heat, life is of out of gear already. On top of that erratic water supply is like rubbing salt into our wounds. Majority of the women residing in our sector had to wake up early every morning to fill water in buckets and utensils as they hardly get any supply by 7 am. The problem worsens when guests arrive, as the water proves inadequate."
A housewife from Sector 15, Neelam Uberoi, said she had to fill buckets from the ground floor. "We can't go for morning walks, cannot sleep properly or schedule work. It's a mess."
TALL CLAIM FALLS FLAT
On May 11, the water supply and sewerage disposal committee of the MC had decided to hire 10 water tankers for all three subdivisions of Chandigarh for two months to deal with emergency situations. But till date nothing has been done.