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Ensure disciplined use of water: Delhi CM

delhi Updated: Apr 26, 2010 20:39 IST

Admitting scarcity of water in several areas of the city, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday asked Delhiites to ensure "disciplined" use of the scarce commodity.

"I know people in some areas are facing difficulties. The solution to the problem lies in disciplined use of water," she said when asked about water shortage in several areas of the city.

Dikshit said Haryana has indicated that it will give Delhi additional quota of water during the Commonwealth Games so that the city does not face any water shortage during the event.

She said the Delhi Jal Board has increased the number of tankers to supply water in areas where piped water is not available.

Identifying leakage of water in the distribution network as a "problem area", she said the DJB was doing its best to minimise wastage of water.

DJB officials said the agency will spend Rs 905 crore in the next one year to strengthen water distribution network to curb leakage of water.

The national capital has a current potable water requirement of approximately 1,000 million gallons per day (MGD), while the DJB has a capacity to supply only about 850 MGD of drinking water, over 30 per cent of which goes waste because of leakage in the distribution network.