Taps ran dry for a third consecutive day in DLF City Phase 1 despite the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) carrying out repairs on the master pipeline near Signature Tower on Tuesday.
The water supply declined on Wednesday with the Huda supplying just 2 millions of litres per day (MLD) against the requirement of 7 MLD in DLF City Phase 1. Residents had to buy drinking water in cans to meet their needs.
The supply to the area has been decreasing over the last five months. In June, there was an acute shortage and residents had to depend on private water tankers for 15 days.
Residents have formed a WhatsApp group, in which they discuss their problems regarding erratic water supply.
“The first message on the group each morning is about water shortage or power fluctuations. These are our two greatest worries every day,” Priti Podder of block E, said.
Nearly 50,000 residents living here are left with no other option but to pay exorbitant prices for water tankers and cans.
Area councillor Rama Rani Rathee has started supplying water to blocks C and E. But that is not a permanent solution, residents said.
Another reason for the shortage is the reduced supply from Huda water treatment plants at Basai and Chandu Budhera. Basai normally supplies 60 millions of gallons per day (MGD) and the Chandu Budhera plant supplies 44 MGD. On Tuesday, the supply was reduced to 50 MGD and 40 MGD.
“The water supply from the Huda’s end was interrupted because of technical faults, causing difficulty to our residents. Since water is a basic human need, its unavailability poses a big problem. Hence, we released water from our private reservoirs and supplied it to all houses as a temporary solution. The issue has been fixed now and the supply has been restored,” a spokesperson of DLF said.
“Every day, the authorities give us different excuses. The water crisis is continuing and there seems to be no solution to the problem. Does it take years to rectify the problem?” Yogesh Chopra of block C said.
“On Tuesday evening too supply was hardly there for 15 minutes. Every summer, the water situation gets grim, but it is not expected to continue till July,” Gaurav Singh of block E said.
The residents allege that the government has failed to provide basic facilities to them despite tall claims.
The Huda said that leakage in the master pipeline near Signature Tower was the main cause for the shortage in areas nearby.
“We have repaired the master pipeline and the water was supplied to some affected areas. The supply will regularise by Thursday morning,” a senior Huda official said.