As temperature soars, water supply shrinks

  • Parampreet Singh Narula, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: May 30, 2014 21:33 IST

With a significant rise in temperature in the last few days, city residents are finding it difficult to get sufficient water for routine works.

The Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) has 427 tube-wells installed in the city which fulfill the water need of around 8 lakh people by supplying 250 million-litre water per day.

Residents of many wards, including ward number 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 36, 37, 41, 42, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49 and 53, are complaining of receiving contaminated water.

The residents of Chuggiti, Basti Mithu, Krishna Nagar, Babu Labh Singh Nagar, Baldev Nagar, Kishanpura, Jawala Nagar, Urban Estate phase-2, Ishwar Nagar and Geeta Colony are getting water through tankers.

Ward number 6 councillor Reena Kaur local residents were getting contaminated water for last few months as pipelines have become rusted and sewage is getting mixed with drinking water which was causing water-borne diseases in the area.

"The MC should clean all the pipelines in the city so that people get clean water," she said.Ward number 8 councillor Dalvinder Kaur said there were only five working tubewells and there was a huge shortage of water supply in her area.

Councillor of ward 47 Harsimranjit Singh Bunty said there was an acute shortage of water in his area as well. People, he claimed, were receiving contaminated water. "If the situation remains same, the chances of spreading water-borne disease will multiply," he added.

Superintending engineer of operation and maintenance wing PS Jaggi said during summer the problem of non-availability of water occurred but officials were trying to ensure a round-the-clock supply of water.

"Work orders of 31 tubewells have been passed and the construction work is under progress. All new tubewells are equipped with stainless filters which do not get rusted easily and will filter sand particles," he said.

He said people who used water pumps should only use these when there was proper water supply. He said if they used motors when the supply was off, sewage usually gets sucked through empty pipes which got mixed with drinking water.

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