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Wash this! 30% of water in city wasted due to spillage

Dna, 29 May 2014


Pune: Do you often complain that the water supply to your area is too less? If yes, you would be surprised to know that barring a few fringe areas of the city, most water ‘auditors’ concur that housing societies in Pune receive an average of 150 litres a day per person. If you are living in traditional Pune i.e. Peth areas, it could be upto 350 litres per day. The World Health Organisation (WHO) mandates only 135 litres per day.


The excess water is literally going down the drain. Water audit firms across the city say that while there is a dire need of water conservation, nearly 20 to 30 percent of the water supplied is wasted in losses owing to leaking pipes, malfunctioning of water faucets and accidental water spillages.


Water auditor A K Jindal who has conducted an audit of over 50 housing societies said, “In the residential complexes that use borewell, an average of 20 to 30 percent loss of water is because of poor maintenance of water supply systems like old and leaky pipes and leaking household taps. In six out of every ten residential complexes surveyed, we found that members don’t check even annually for pipe leakages, taps installed in homes were of poor quality and leaking and even water drawing motor capacity of motor was not maintained leading to more losses and lesser water re-aching water tanks,” said Jindal.


While there is a need of rain water harvesting (RWH) in residential complexes, the same is for industries as well. The peripheral areas of the city have industrial belts with heavy water demand. “Out of the total water demand, 40 to 50 percent accounts for industrial water losses out of which 15 percent of the losses are unavoidable but the rest are avoidable,” said Ambadas Devkar, a well-known industrial water auditor in that belt. He added that to make up for unavoidable losses, rain water harvesting is a good option. It can conserve water that can compensate for flushing, gardening and other basic demands. Read More....