A lot of water is going waste in the city in the absence of strict measures by the Jalandhar municipal corporation authorities. People can be seen washing their cars, watering lawns and many keep taps running. Besides, a lot of precious water is going down the drain due to overflowing water tanks.
The gap in the demand and supply of water in the city increases during summer. Even then, the authorities were unable to curb water wastage and they preferred to complete only the formalities. The MC has so far not issued notices to violators. Officials of the MC’s operation and maintenance (O&M) wing admit that they are yet to launch a drive against wastage of water. No challan has been issued of violators as yet, they say. Superintending engineer, O&M wing, Lakhwinder Singh said they were getting reports of water wastage from field supervisors, but no action had been initiated as yet.
“MC commissioner GS Khaira has recently directed us to act against those found wasting water and we will launch a drive soon. Those found wasting waster will be fined Rs 500,” said Lakhwinder.
Illegal booster pumps
Almost every household in the city has a booster water pump that drains a lot of potable water from the main supply line, but the MC has no record of such illegal pumps. “It is impossible to keep a check on illegal booster pumps,” said an official.
Slum residents are biggest violaters
Officials also blamed the government policy of waving water and sewerage supply charges for those who own a property of less than 5 marla. MC officials claim that a lot of water is wasted in the slums of the city as they don’t have to pay the bill. “We cannot stop water supply to the violators,” said an official.
The daily water consumption in the city, having a population of around 10 lakh, is around 200 million litres per day. The rise in population has also increased waste generation in the city, thus overloading the sewage treatment plants (STP). Though the city has four sewage treatment plants, only the one at Phorliwal is functional, which is treating 175 million litres of waste water per day as against its capacity of 150 million litres per day.
The daily per capita consumption of water in the city is 155 litres.