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Wasting water - the Jaipur way

More water is wasted daily in Jaipur than is supplied to all the villages in Rajasthan. And this is what a Rajasthan Government report indicates. Of the 3,200 lakh litre of water that Jaipur gets daily, 500 lakh litre of water never reaches the consumers, indicating a loss of nearly 22 per cent.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2003 13:31 IST
PTI

 
Water wastage in Jaipur is estimated to to above a fifth of the total daily supply.

Over 500 lakh litres of drinking water is lost in Jaipur every day because of the inefficiency of the government. The losses are more than the amount of water supplied to all the villages in Rajasthan, a recent government report indicates.



Figures compiled by the state government to assess the water supply scene in the state indicate that the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) is pumping out more than 3,200 lakh litre of water daily for the people of Jaipur. Of this, 500 lakh litre of water never reaches the consumers and thus goes waste, indicating a daily loss of nearly 22 per cent of the total supply.

A major portion of this water is lost while it is being transmitted and distributed from the PHED stations to the consumers. The remaining goes unaccounted because of faulty and illegal connections.

The main reservoirs of the PHED also have major holes. As a result, huge amount of water seeps out of them. "It is impossible to repair these reservoirs as they can't be shut down even for a day due to the drinking water crisis in the state," PHED sources said.

The PHED recently conducted a study of the water supply system in the Walled City. The results revealed that the entire system needed to be overhauled with immediate effect to put the screws on wastage of water.

"The State Government has not paid much attention to the water supply infrastructure during the past two decades. As a result, the system has become rusty and full of faults," according to the PHED report.

The department has now launched a project for laying a new supply system for the Walled City with the help of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). A survey of the city has been commissioned with this objective.

But this is unlikely to check the wastage. According to official sources, the department needs huge amounts of funds to stop the uncontrolled flow of drinking water.

In a bid to raise the funds, the department had recently approached the government for an increase in water tariff in Rajasthan, since it is losing more than Rs 6 crore every year because of the cost of water supplied and the existing tariff.

But the government rejected the proposal. "We have been asked to wait till the next elections," PHED sources said.

Sandipan Sharma

First Published: Jul 03, 2003 15:50 IST