Plans to cover an additional 1,429 colonies for supply of water apart from the existing areas
• Jal Board is hopeful that with new treatment plants the city’s demand for water will be met
• The Board has also set up a special task force to attend to urgent maintenance needs
NEW DELHI: As the Capital braces for a scorching summer in the months ahead, the Delhi Jal Board says it is prepared to meet the city’s demand for water and is firming up plans to cover an additional 1,429 colonies for supply of potable water apart from the existing areas that receive piped water every day.
The water utility’s Summer Action Plan 2009 moots arrangements to bring piped water supply to larger areas of the city despite heavy dependence on the neighbouring States for raw water.
The Jal Board is hopeful that with the commissioning of new water treatment plants and underground reservoirs, the city’s demand for water will be met through the augmented supply.
“The Delhi Jal Board now has seven water treatment plants including the state-of-the-art Sonia Vihar plant. The average water produced in 2008-09 is 810 million gallons a day (MGD) compared with 750-770 MGD in 2007-08. This includes 100 MGD from groundwater sources,” says a senior Board official. With about 17 lakh registered users, the Board also has 138 water filling points from where water is supplied through tankers.
He said with the commissioning of the Haiderpur water recycling plant an additional 16 MGD of water is now available to the city. “Three more water recycling plants are likely to be commissioned during the year at the Bhagirathi, Wazirabad and Chandrawal water treatment plants, which will augment water availability by 29 MGD.” The Board has also set up a special task force under each maintenance executive engineer to attend to urgent maintenance needs. The enforcement department will oversee effective deployment of water tankers in water-deficient areas.
“New underground reservoirs have been added to augment the water storage capacity and to supply adequate water in the catchments area of the respective underground reservoirs. Proper and effective monitoring of deployment of water tankers and promptly attending to the complaints and leakages will be undertaken and so will regular interactions with residents’ welfare associations and consumers,” the official said.
The Board has also issued special instructions for inspection of bore-wells and tube-wells and to ensure their proper functioning by maintenance engineers by mid-April.
“All public hydrants will be physically checked and certified to be operational by April 15 and special emphasis will be laid on the cleaning of manholes and sewer de-silting work. Jetting-cum-suction machines will be made available as and when required,” he added.
Each division has been asked to identify and keep maintenance gangs on stand-by for quick reaction to complaints of leakages or to deal with any emergency situation regarding disruption in water supply.
The Board will also redress complaints through a helpline number, the Lieutenant-Governor’s listening post, and the Chief Minister’s “Aap Ki Sunwai”.
“To successfully meet any exigencies, all 25 water emergencies will be geared up for the summer. Water tankers have been made roadworthy and new filling points added for better tanker filling. Provision of trained staff with computers and dedicated telephone facilities at each of the 25 water emergencies has been made,” the official added.