If you do not have a water meter, now would be a good time to get one. The Delhi Jal Board on Friday decided to issue notices to consumers to install new water meters within one month. Failure to comply may result in disconnection.
The DJB has 12 lakh water connections, out of which 5-6 lakh are un-metered. Now, the board wants everyone to get their meters installed.
But the catch is DJB will not be the one installing it for you.
“The consumer should buy Bureau of Indian Standard-certified meters from the market and get a plumber to fix it,” said Ramesh Negi, DJB CEO.
“They should then inform the DJB which will send an official to check it.”
Even those who have water meters installed will be put on notice to fix their meters if they are kaput.
“The process to issue the notices will end in a month and the notice period will hold for another moth after that. Then we will have to act,” Negi said.
For connections that do not have a meter currently, the DJB “presumes” a monthly consumption of a flat between 20 and 30 kilolitres a month.
For residents chafing at the controversy surrounding inflated power bills, the recent move comes as a shock. “How can we be asked to pay up for meters when water supply is so erratic” asked Arun Srinivas, a resident of Hauz Khas. The DJB, however, is serious.
“Delhi’s water rate is much cheaper than Chennai or Bangalore. The expenditure on processing 1 kilolitre of water Rs 14, while the return on it is less than Rs 7,” Negi said.