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AMC Is Finding It Difficult To Meet The Increasing Water Needs Of Amdavadis
Paul John | TNN May06, 2009
Ahmedabad: With the sweltering heat setting in a month early this summer, some
of our requirements like an extra bath in the evening, extra drinking water
each time you step out of the house, extra water for plants — are weighing
heavy on Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).
Water distribution managers for the city are keeping their fingers crossed
hoping that Amdavadis use their water judiciously to be able to pull up till
the monsoons. According to AMC the city will need at least 4,500 million litres
of water till mid June, which last year was almost half.
It was on April 16 that AMC first announced a two time water supply for the
city, which includes a half-hour supply during the evening. At least 17 places
have been eliminated from the list of evening supply. These areas include
Madhubagh, Astodia, Meghaninagar, Memco, Amraiwadi, Subhash Park, Khokra,
Bapunagar, Hathi Khai, Gomtipur, Kankaria, Dani Limda, Saptarishi, Dhor Bazaar
The city as on today consumes 850 million litres a day in the morning while
consumes 350 million litres in the evenings. This includes the 145-150 million
litres extra drawn from Narmada waters. The water, being priced at Rs 1.10 per
litre will put an additional burden of almost Rs 40 crore on AMC.
“Post 2006 AMC has strengthened its water distribution system. Summer can
be smooth sailing only if Amdavadis learn to conserve water. In many middle and
lower middle class localities and chawls residents have taken one inch pipe
connections when their supply lines are capable of handling just half an inch.
Another illegal practice that has come to notice is that on a single legal
connection residents have distributed three to four water connections. Such
problems are rampant in eastern and central zones. Many in these areas leave
their taps open,” says municipal commissioner IP Gautam.
An Asian Development Bank (ADB) survey for 2007-08 says that though the
average supply of water to each Amdavadi household is 143 litres, the
consumption is 171 to 200 litres. The fault lies in leaking toilet valves,
illegal greater diameter of domestic and industrial supply lines and lack of
accountability on part of consumers. This is when the current production
capacity of AMC is just 168 litres a day per connection, while the national
average is 244 litres a day per connection. This only points out to blatant
SAVE WATER AT HOME
Check your toilets, bathrooms and kitchen for small leaks and get them fixed
Every time you flush a cigarette butt, tissue or other small bits of trash,
unnecessary water is wasted that could be prevented by throwing trash into a
dustbin. For new installations, consider buying “low flush” toilets, which use
half the water compared to the usual. Install water-saving shower heads and
low-flow faucet aerators Take shorter showers. One way to cut down on water use
is to turn off the shower after soaping up, and then turn it back on to rinse.
Efficiency comes handy everywhere
Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush or are busy rubbing that shave
gel on your face
Use your dishwasher and washing machine for only full loads. Automatic
dishwashers and clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water
SAVING INDUSTRIAL WATER
Install high-pressure, low volume nozzles on spray washers, inspect nozzles
regularly for clogging
Determine whether discharges from any one operation can be substituted for
fresh water supplied to another operation Handle waste materials in a dry mode
Re-use the discharges of plant by recycling water Increase employee awareness
towards water efficiency Develop and use mechanisms to tap rain water
Cattle dying of starvation in Abdasa, Lakhpat
Bhuj: As many as 100 cattle have died of starvation owing to barren grasslands
and water bodies running dry in Abdasa and Lakhpat taluka of Kutch district,
claim villagers here. However, officials of the district animal husbandry
department have denied the deaths.
Abdasa taluka, 30% of whose villagers are cattlebreeders, is the most hit.
Moreover, unable to deal with the situation, shepherds are abandoning their
cattle to fend for themselves. The cattle die after surviving on plastic and
paper for a few days.
“In the past fortnight, several deaths of animals have been reported from
Garada and its adjoining villages in Abdasa taluka,” claimed former Abdasa
MLA Ibrahim Mandhara. “As many as 100 cattle have died in the region for want
of grass and water,” said Mahavirsinh Jadeja, member of NGO Dumra Development
Committee of Abdasa.
Sitting Abdasa MLA Jayanti Bhanushali did not confirm cattle deaths but
stated that the administration is working on a war-footing to prevent
starvation deaths of animals. SOURCE: SANDESH
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