The day HT carried a report on contaminated water being supplied to many parts of the city, the Delhi Jal Board sprung into action, deciding to replace the rusted pipeline in South Extension-I.
To begin with, the DJB has stopped tap water supply to the area and is instead sending water tankers.
"We have decided to change 100 metres of the pipeline in South Extension-Part I. The problem will be solved in four days. But we are yet to receive an official copy of the survey report from the MCD. Once we receive it, we will inspect all the areas and take action," said Ramesh Negi, chief executive officer of the DJB.
Negi said such problems surface because there are no dedicated corridors for water pipelines in the city.
"There are many water pipelines in the city which are near the sewer lines or along the sewer lines too. We have an extensive 11,000-kilometre network of water system in the city and contamination does take place but such complaints are taken care of," he added.
DJB officials said they change about 200 km of pipelines in the city every year, adding that the problem of contamination gets worse in the monsoon.
Residents of South Extension-I heaved a sigh of relief.
"Soon after the report was published in HT, officials from the DJB inspected the area and dug up five places. They found that the major portion of the water pipeline had rusted and was leaking. Sewer water was getting mixed in the water, which was being supplied to us," said Ajay Vir Singh, a member of the South Extension-I residents' welfare association.