Residents of a row of houses in Saket Nagar are paying the price for complaining to the mayor that they were receiving supply of contaminated water as water supply lines have got jumbled up with the sewage lines in the drain passing in front of their houses.
As the mayor asked municipal corporation staff to look into the matter and ensure supply of clean water, they stopped the water supply altogether rather than repairing the supply lines and extricating them from sewgae lines.
Later, on requests water supply was restored from an alternative line but supply is so low that they hardly get any water. Besides, the drain passing in dront of their houses stinks so badly as to make anyone nauseate.
Ravidasan, resident of Saket Nagar, sector 2-A, told HT that sewerage water from Alkapuri keeps flowing into the drain in front of their houses, making people in the area feeling miserable.
“Also the pipeline from overhead tank that supplies water to our locality had been leaking and consequently we are getting murky water. I apprised the mayor about the situation, after which the supply from that pipeline was stopped and we were provided supply from another pipe, which has proved to be a failure as water supply is on a very poor pressure. Earlier we were getting murky water and now we are getting almost no water at all” he said.
Notably, there are thousands of invisible leakages ( underground leakages in the distribution pipes), due to which a large quantum of water is wasted in transmission. Though visible leakages above ground are taken care of, the main problem arises due to invisible leakages. BMC engineers claim that the pressure variation in the old pipes leads to leakages at the joints.
The pipe network in the old city is over half a century old. Generally the average age for the pipes is around 25 years. Dirty water is also seeping into the pipes in some areas, which renders water unfit for drinking, especially during rainy season. Officially BMC claims that water wastage is around 20%, off the record BMC engineers maintain that the water wastage due to leakages could be as high as 40% as they don’t have exact figures regarding underground leakages.