Keeping your tap running, or letting that cooler or overhead tank overflow could soon burn a hole in your pocket.
If the Delhi government has its way, wasting water will become a punishable offence.
Ignoring a breach in a water pipe or illegally tapping into one would also invite heavy penalties.
CM Sheila Dikshit said on Monday that there was no water scarcity in the city, but there was a need to rationalise water distribution.
“Some areas get more water, even as others are deprived. We need to plug leakages.”
Officially, Delhi is supposed to have a requirement of 925 mega gallons per day (MGD) of water, while Delhi Jal Board is able to supply 825 MGD water on an average.
Apart from rationalisation of water supply, Dikshit felt penalising those wasting water would do the trick. Dikshit also said that water meters would be made compulsory by December as a measure for curtailing water wastage.
“I have asked the officials to fine those who are found wasting water. But the exact amount or the quantum of the fine is yet to be decided,” Dikshit told mediapersons after convening a meeting of MLAs in the Delhi assembly.
The meeting was attended by only 30 MLAs from Congress and the BSP.
Deoli MLA Arvinder Singh Lovely raised the issue of acute water shortage in his constituency. “There is a water mafia operating in my area,” said Lovely.
Dikshit said area MLAs have been told to stay in touch with residents to monitor water problems, while DJB engineers have been asked to keep the political representatives updated about developments related to water.
BJP MLAs stayed away from the all-party meet, claiming that they were not extended a formal invitation.