In view of the rising temperature and shortage of water, the municipal corporation (MC) is set to launch a drive to check on the wastage of potable water supplied to the city residents during the morning hours (5.30 am to 9am).
To be launched from April 15, the drive will continue till June 30. The MC has formed 16 teams, comprising three members each, to challan people misuing potable water with a fine of Rs 2,000.
Last year, nearly 248 challans were issued, mostly from the southern sectors and only two challans from the northern sectors.
BK Dhawan, executive engineer, MC, said notices will be issued to residents for wastage or misuse of water such as overflow from overhead or underground water tanks, leakages in pipeline from ferrule to water meters and leakage or overflow from desert coolers.
“People have been given time to repair the defects. If not solved in time, they will be fined,” he said, adding the fine would be recovered through regular water bills, and even booster pumps and hosepipes used by the defaulters would be confiscated. The water connection of repeated offenders will be disconnected without any notice.
Deputy mayor Hardeep Singh said the teams will go soft on northern sectors and only focus on southern sectors. There were more than one lakh houses in the city and every household, on an average, had two cars.
According to the official records, wastage of water due to leakage is 20 million gallons per day — causing loss of around Rs 10 crore to the MC — and can be used to meet the demands of around 48,000 houses in the city.
Advisory for city residents
1) To wash a car, use water from bucket instead of water pipe between 5.30am and 9am.
2) Watering of courtyards and lawns banned during morning hours.
3) Residents should check wastage of water due to overflow from overhead or underground water tanks, leakage in pipeline from ferrule to water meters, and leakage or overflow from desert coolers.
4) Don’t use booster pumps on the main water supply line.