Jaipur: Low pressure, contaminated water take a toll on residents | Jaipur News

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JAIPUR: Summers have just begun and people around the city are crying out loud for water shortage. Some areas have witnessed complaints of low pressure, while other areas of reduced timings of water supply. There are few areas from where complaints regarding contaminated water are pouring in.
Residents living near Sanganeri Gate have been purchasing water from private tankers for the last 20 days since the contaminated water has been supplied by the public health engineering department (PHED) in their area.
“I have complained to everyone but there is no solution. Earlier, for few minutes supplied water was muddy. But for many days this contaminated, smelly, polluted water is supplied which is not good for even washing clothes. We have been purchasing water ever since as there is no other option left. I have purchased water tanki for storage,” said Dharmendra.
Complaints regarding the supply of contaminated water have also been received from Jhotwara and Barkat Nagar areas a few days back.
Jaipur has begun to feel the heat due to the scarce rainfall in 2018. The water level at Bisalpur dam has been depleting slowly with hardly 15% water is left in the dam. Already PHED has cut short the supply of water in Jaipur city by 30% from the Bisalpur dam.
There are around 10 houses near Minerwa Talkies, Johari market where residents are not receiving a single drop of water for three months. Mahesh Sharma, a resident of the area, said that earlier they were receiving water in very low pressure. They shifted the water connection through another pipeline since then they are not receiving any water.
“We are purchasing around five tankers every month for our family which costs us between Rs 400 and Rs 500 which is taking a toll on our pockets as the prices have gone up since the starting of summers. We have complained to the PHED department which said that for new connection road have to be dug up and we have to bear the cost of it. I am now constructing a water tank in my house to accommodate the tanker water without which the summers will be difficult to bear,” said Mahesh.
Officials at the PHED department claimed that they haven’t received any complaints. Devraj Solanki, additional chief engineer, PHED, said, “There are no complaints for low pressure of water. Regarding contaminated water, we will look into the matter and will try to find out the source of the leakage.”
In the middle of the claims made by the PHED, residents around the city have been complaining of reviving low pressure of water. Ibrahim Khan of Shastri Nagar said that earlier they were receiving water for an hour which has now been reduced to 20 minutes that to in low pressure.
“We are forced to use boosters without which we cannot manage,” said Ibrahim.
In places like Prithiviraj Nagar, where water supplied through tankers, government tankers are coming with 15 to 30 days of delay. “There have been many times I had to intervene for quick supply of water but cannot help every time. If the monsoon is not better this year, only god can help us,” said Madhu Devi, councillor of Ward no 17.
As per the officials, water in the Bisalpur dam is sufficient till August after which it will all be dependent on the monsoon.

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