NAGPUR: Leakages in city's water supply network is not only causing loss of potable drinking water but also exposing it to contamination, thereby putting health of the citizens at risk.
Though the Nagpur Municipal Corporation's water works department (WWD) is making efforts to plug these leakages, instances of contaminated water supply are on the rise. The worst affected is Ashi Nagar zone. In the last two years, the zone attended to and repaired as many as 3,000 leakages in water supply network. This was revealed in WWD's reply to a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, sought by activist Avinash Telang.
Replying to the RTI query, deputy engineer (WWD) of Ashi Nagar zone has admitted that between 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, 3,000 leakages were reported at different places. It also caused wastage of 3,200 million litres or 15% of water. In 2011-12, the zone supplied 42ml water per day and billed only for 17 mld.
Corporator Savita Sangole of the ruling Nagpur Vikas Aghadi in NMC said that WWD needs to work harder to solve this problem. Presently, many localities in Nari ward which she represents are getting contaminated water. "Kabir Nagar, Kalpana Nagar, Sahyog Nagar, Ramai Nagar, Takshashila Nagar, Mhada Colony, Nari village and a few parts of Sugat Nagar are still getting contaminated water," added Sangole.
Sangole said that leakages are not repaired in Ashi Nagar zone for days together. "Large quantity of potable drinking water flows onto the streets - at many places between Teka Naka and Nari Road - and ends up in the drains, causing severe water shortage in many colonies," she said.
According to the residents, they immediately inform the civic officials after spotting leakages in the pipeline but the workers fail to turn up on time to rectify the problem. "The civic body can save thousands of litres of water every day if it improves the distribution network," they pointed out.
Even during monsoon many residents continue to depend on alternative water supply from the NMC, thanks to this problem. Civic officials, however, maintained that steps are being taken to plug the leakages.