If you have a habit of wasting water, then be careful next time. Soon, you will have to pay water bill as per the meter reading instead of fixed rates.
The Noida authority is seriously mulling over a proposal to install water meters at all premises covering an area of 240 metre square or more to check the wastage of drinking water.
The authority believes that the water meters can help check the wastage of drinking water. "People waste drinking water on washing cars and irrigation of lawn as they do not have to pay for the excess water under fixed charges prevailing in Noida. When they will have to pay for water used by them, wastage will come down," said a senior Noida authority official.
According to sources, the authority will outsource the new system to generate more revenue. The authority has asked the concerned department to prepare an expression of interest for the project. Soon, companies will be invited for giving their presentation.
Besides, the authority is also set to hike the water rates. The authority has not increased the water price in the past 10 years.
At a meeting held on Thursday, the authority brain stormed over the percentage of the proposed hike. "We are studying the hike pattern of Delhi, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida to decide the final rate of water. But the hike will be substantial as we want to generate enough revenue to implement the water meter project without investing much in it," said the official.
"At present Delhi's water rate is four times higher than in Noida. We can emulate Delhi model of charging for water consumption," he said.
At present, the authority generates Rs 18.36 crore annual revenue from its 80,000 consumers. However, as of now only 40% consumers pay their water bills as per fixed rates. The authority will re-issue bills to about 48,000 defaulters.
The proposed meter system will cover the 40% houses in the city. For the remaining premises measuring below 240 square metres, the authority will continue with its existing fixed charge mechanism.
The Delhi increases 10% water rates annually on the basis of meters, the Ghaziabad authority charges as per plot size and the Greater Noida has a fixed rate system.
According to official figures, the total population of nearly 8 lakh people living in Noida receives a supply of 216 MLD on a daily basis.