With little water from BMC, Churchgate pays for tankers
For residents of a Churchgate society, daily water supply comes at a high cost. With two water tankers supplying 20,000 litres of water to the society every day, residents pool in nearly Rs 3,000 for their daily supply.
“We receive negligible amounts of water from the civic body. There are days when we have to even call for a third water tanker,” said Ashok Rao, resident of Ishwar Bhavan Cooperative Housing Society located on A Road. “With 27 flats in the society, our monthly expenditure on water adds up to approximately Rs 1.35 lakh. Despite approaching the civic body, we do not get enough water supply,” added Rao.
The civic body charges about Rs 4 for 1,000 litres. If the residents got BMC water, residents would have to pay much less for their water supply.
In the case of Owner’s Court, a society located on the same road, residents spend approximately Rs 1,600 every day on water tankers. “The water we receive in the tankers is not very clean. Often, we have to either boil the water or pay for bottled water,” said Ram Vaswani, honourary secretary, Owner’s Court.
Other residents claimed that certain flat owners often tend to use booster pumps for their houses, thereby decreasing the supply to other flats. “The civic body should also conduct individual audits of the buildings and the water systems in place,” said a resident, requesting anonymity.
According to national norms, every individual is allowed to use 150 litres of non-potable and potable water daily.
Civic officials claimed that the society reserved less water supply from the civic body because the pipelines running alongside sewer lines are old and leaky.
“Most of these buildings are old structures, which do not have a well-defined distribution system in place. Societies could fix a Syntex tank on their buildings, which will also reduce the problem of unequal distribution caused by fixing boosters,” said a senior civic official. “We will give them the permissions to fix a better water distribution system in their buildings,” he added.