In many villages, the waterworks, set up to provide pure drinking water to the residents, have been rendered almost useless due to indifferent attitude of the government and the department concerned, that has now started installing reverse osmosis (RO) water purifier systems to supply drinking water neglecting the existing facilities.
The waterworks at Devi Wala village, 15 km from here, where water tanks are lying dry, is a clear example of failure of such drinking water facilities at many places. When constructed about 22 years ago, the facility was supposed to cater to drinking water needs of three villages. The other two villages were Sirsari and Bir Sikhjan Wala.
About 3-km-long water pipes were laid to link these villages with the waterworks but water was never supplied, thus lakhs of rupees were wasted on the laying of pipes, which served no purpose.
Sirsari village has now got a separate waterworks, but Bir Sikhan Wala is still without a waterworks of its own.
Bir Sikhan Wala panchayat had tried to run its own drinking water supply line, but could not succeed though lakhs of rupees were spent on it.
The facility is now meant for one village of Devi Wala, but it has little to offer as its storage tanks are lying dry because the canal water fails to reach there.
"Now there are about 30 water connections in Devi Wala village. But water only reaches the east side of the village while there is hardly any water on the west side," said Gora Singh, a youth from Devi Wala.
The alleged faulty design of the inlet channel and a disused water tank built in the village had also led to the death of two children by drowning in it. After the second death about 2 years ago, the department dried the storage tanks and fenced them with a barbed wire to prevent further tragedy.
"Now most of the pipes are blocked with silt and the inlet channel carries little water to the storage tanks from the canal. The department also has no funds to run the facility now," claimed a source.
The water supply and sanitation department has also built its main gate and erected a barbed fence around the premises by encroaching most part of the link road from Devi Wala to Kotkapura, that may lead to an accident any time.
"We have now got a project of digging up deep tubewells at such facilities where canal water fails to reach and have also prepared a new design to construct the inlet channel. We are trying our best to run it properly," said Chander Kumar, SDO, water supply and sanitation department, Farikdot.