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Noida: Muddy water supply in Sector 19, residents irked

Residents said both the quality and quantum of water supplied to Sector 19 is never the same. They claimed there is no designated time for water supply because of which they face major inconvenience.

noida Updated: Aug 04, 2017 22:53 IST
Sohil Sehran
On some days, the water turns brown and on other days it is yellowish. On days when the water is clean, it smells bad, said residents.
On some days, the water turns brown and on other days it is yellowish. On days when the water is clean, it smells bad, said residents.(HT Photo)

Residents of Sector 19 are yet to get respite from muddy water supply and have been dependent on packaged water sourced from market and submersible pumps to meet their day-to-day needs.They said they approached Noida authority on the issue over the last one year, but no action has yet been taken to resolve the problem and restore supply of clean, potable water.

Residents said both the quality and quantum of water supplied to Sector 19 is never the same. They claimed there is no designated time for water supply because of which they face major inconvenience.

“The water which is being supplied to us presently is muddy and pitch black. It seems the water has been contaminated with sewage, which was caused by a leakage in the pipeline. On some days, the water turns brown and on other days it is yellowish. On days when the water is clean, it smells bad,” RC Gupta, general secretary of Sector 19, RWA, said.

He said that the water being supplied presently is not fit for washing, bathing and other domestic chores. Residents said though the supply improves for 2-3 days and that too after repeated complaints, they are wary of consuming the water or use it for household chores for fear of falling ill.

Gupta said, “The water which is supplied to us comes from underground tube wells and wells that are 30 years old and have become almost defunct. They don’t have filters to ensure quality. Supply of water from the Ganges has also been affected for the last seven months and there is no effective water treatment mechanism.”

However, the authority’s chief engineer HS Yadav said not all people in the sector are facing this problem. He claimed few people get affected when some water supply lines are uprooted because of construction work. “We can assure that the people get water on time and it is fit for consumption. Residents do face problems sometimes, but these are momentary and not perennial,” he said.

Ramesh Singh, another resident, said that the RWA has been approaching the Noida authority regularly, seeking their intervention in the matter. “The water samples have been also shown to the officials of Noida authority, but no survey was conducted to find out why supply is being affected,” Singh said.

He said, “The supply can be improved with change in infrastructure at the earliest. Due to this persistent problem, we have to rely on submersible pumps and packaged water to meet our daily needs.”

The sector has three blocks — A, B and C — and has a population of around 25,000.

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