The residents of Panjgrain Kalan, one of the largest villages of the Faridkot district with over 9,000 voters, are getting contaminated water as the storage tanks from where water is supplied to the village is in a dilapidated condition.
Worst still, the underground water in the village is also not fit for human consumption.
Due to a breach in the wall of the storage tank, the rainwater enters into it. "Even the waste water of a nearby colony is being released into the storage tank. I visited the place about 10 days ago and got the breach plugged," said Amarjeet Kaur, former sarpanch of the village.
"One can't dare to drink the water after seeing the condition of the tanks. A part of the boundry wall has collapsed and when it rains, all the dirty water rushes into the storage tanks," she added.
"The underground water in the village is not fit for human consumption. We suspect that many people from our village are suffering from hepatitis C and B. The indifference of the village panchayat and department concerned is making this facility look useless," she said. Another resident alleged that the water works employees were seldom seen on their jobs.
A part of the boundry wall collapsed about two years ago. "Wild vegetation has grown all over the water works premises, so we graze cattle here," said an elderly man, who was grazing cattle there.
"The storage tanks needs to be cleaned and boundy wall repaired. The height of the boundary wall needs to be raised to save it from getting polluted," said another villager.
"Water supply and sanitation department employees rarely visit here. We get bills regulary, but supply is irregular. Storage tanks were built only a few years ago," said Sukhmander Singh Brar, a local resident.
"Most of the people use the water for bathing and washing. For drinking, they fetch water from a reverse osmosis system," said a villager. Despite repeated attempts water supply and sanitation department, Faridkot, executive engineer SK Grover neither took call nor did he repond to the test message.
"I will ensure that the probelm is resolved at the earliest, said RK Talwar, superintending enigineer (SE), water supply and sanitation department, Faridkot.