Come December 1 and Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is all set to implement the ‘water supply bylaws-2011’, which were approved by the House on July 22.
Speaking to HT, a senior officer of public health wing said, “We are expecting a notification in this regard from UT administration within a week. The bylaws will come into force from December 1.”
As per the bylaws, the replacement of faulty domestic water meters will now be the responsibility of consumers and not that of the MC. The step has been taken in view of the increase in frequency of faulty/dead meters and inability of the MC to replace them on time. The MC will only be responsible for testing the meter and its installation.
The amended rules also state that in case, defective water meters are not replaced in a specific time by the consumer, a penal rate will be charged in the next cycle of billing. The consumers installing the meters on their own will not be liable to pay meter rent and their meter security will be refunded.
The MC will also provide lists of approved automatic meter reading (AMR) meters for all the non-domestic consumers for accurate measurement as these are major utility areas, but consumer has to buy from market.
It includes commercial/industrial/institutional sectors, besides government and private residential houses having an area above two kanal and above.
The AMR meters will be procured by the consumers from the agencies shortlisted by the MC soon. The AMR meters will provide the advantage of taking the accurate meter reading easily without the permission of the consumer with the help of a handheld device.
Under the bylaws, use of tertiary treated (TT) water will be made compulsory in all houses and institutions having area above one kanal and above within three months, otherwise penal rate will be charged.
Further, the consumers having an area less than one kanal can be issued TT water connection as per the availability in that area.
The sectors that are fully covered with TT water availability are 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21 and partially covered sectors include 2, 3, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 23, 25, 33, 34, 37, 41 and 42.
At present, demand for the TT water is about 6MGD against the availability of 20MGD supply.