The district administration on Sunday appealed to the residents to use water judiciously as the crisis, which entered the eighth day, is expected to last for three more days. The raw water supply to the two water treatment plants at Basai and Chandu Budhera is still less than half the normal supply and authorities are in the process of creating buffer stock.
The Basai plant received about 45% supply on Saturday night and released 25-30 million gallons per day (MGD) water on Sunday. Water was supplied to 65% of the city and tankers were pressed into service in the rest of the areas, an official of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon said.
“It will take at least two to three days more for the supply, which is short by 60%, to be improved. Till then, supply will be made available from tubewells in sectors fed by the Basai water treatment plant,” TL Satyaprakash, deputy commissioner of Gurgaon, said.
On Saturday 20 MGD water was released. The total requirement of Gurgaon is 70 MGD.
The administration had also issued an advisory that FIRs will be registered against residents wasting water by washing cars or gardening.
Gurgaon has been facing water crisis after protesters demanding reservation of Jats damaged parts of Gurgaon water channel in Jhajhar district last week. Besides, the carrying capacity of both Gurgaon and NCR water channels that supply water to the city has reduced because of the silt and growth of grass.
The irrigation department is cleaning the NCR water channel at Rohad village 30 kilometres from the city in Jhajjar district and at Matan village, eight kilometres of Rohad.
Two machines are being used for the purpose but these machines can clear just one kilometre per day (50 metres per hour per machine) and 10 kilometers of the canal still has to be cleared.
“Since cleaning work is going on in the area of Jhajjar district, the supply has not improved. The Basai water treatment plant will work on 35% capacity,” a spokesperson of the district administration said.
In these circumstances, the water shortage will continue in Old Gurgaon area, DLF phases 1, 2 and 3 and sectors 21, 22, 23 and 5.
Once the cleaning process is complete, more raw water is expected to reach the treatment plants as the NCR channel has a higher carrying capacity.
An official of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) said that the problem of reduced carrying capacity of the Gurgaon water channel will be addressed by the irrigation department.
“Now onwards, at least Sector 51 boosting station area will not face water crisis,” the official said.
On Saturday, residents had complained that the water supply was too low for motors to pump water to the upper floors of the houses.
“As it has been happening for one week, there was no water supply after 12 noon,” Harinder Singh of DLF Phase 1, said.