In a move to check large-scale wastage of water, the Haryana government has called for mandatory installation of water meters in all households and commercial enterprises. Even the existing water connections would be replaced with the new 'pay per usage' system within a year.
The state government on Monday formulated the Haryana State Urban Water Policy and notified the same for the year 2012.
Under the policy, state agencies like the Haryana Urban Development Authority, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) would provide consumers in domestic, commercial, industrial and Institutional sectors only metered connections.
They will also be responsible for converting the existing unmetered connections within a period of one year from the date of notification of the policy.
According to the spokesman of public health engineering department, the policy was formulated keeping in view the present scenario of high wastage of water through unmetered connections billed on slab rate basis.
The goal is to save the precious drinking water through prevention of wastage through open taps and unmetered connections. The consumers will be charged on the basis of volumetric consumption of water, instead of flat rates.
The spokesperson said the new policy would be applicable on all types of consumer -- domestic, commercial, industrial and institutional sectors in private, semi-government and government premises.
The policy would bind all participants, stakeholders and personnel to enforceable performance. It would also be applicable to all service providing authorities like the Public Health Engineering Department, Housing Board, Huda, HSIIDC, municipal corporations and urban local bodies.
He said the policy would be implemented by a state-level empowered committee, headed by the financial commissioner and principal secretary of the public health engineering department. The panel would aim to streamline the implementation process and also formulate a grievance redressal system. The spokesman said that from now on, the authorities responsible for supply of drinking water would sanction only metered connections.
Any water connection remaining unmetered after the lapse of the one-year notification would be fined.