The Delhi government may have failed to make Delhiites aware about rainwater harvesting but the residents of ward no-2 in Mehrauli have learnt it on their own.
The erratic water supply in the area has forced the residents to use rainwater for washing clothes.
"We get water supply once in a week. That too can't be used for drinking or cooking. It is that filthy. We don't get direct water supply from the Delhi Jal Board. It's through the tubewells that have also started drying now. There's also a pipeline coming from Sonia Vihar," said EK Peter, president, Mehrauli Vikas Welfare Society.
Waterborne diseases are on the rise in the area and the residents often buy water from tankers for their daily use.
"The water we get is so contaminated that we use it for cleaning floor and toilet. Last month, my 10-year-old son was down with jaundice due to contaminated water. We have even washed our clothes with rain water. Life has become miserable for us," said Gurjeet Kaur, a resident of ward-2, Mehrauli.