Parched Rajkot to shut swimming pools

THE water supply schedule in the city will be delayed by a day from Monday onwards.

Written by Express News Service | Rajkot | Published:April 13, 2013 4:02 am

THE water supply schedule in the city will be delayed by a day from Monday onwards. The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) announced to close its four swimming pools on Monday to maintain drinking water supply during the shutdown at the Narmada water pumping stations.

“The pumping stations at Hirapar and Morbi that bring Narmada water to the city would remain non-operational on Saturday and Sunday. While we shall distribute water on Saturday from the storage on Friday,there will be no distribution on Sunday. Consequently,those areas which are scheduled to get water on Sunday,will get it late by a day on Monday,” Vasant Rajyaguru,executive engineer (water works) of the RMC,said on Friday.

He further said that the twin pumping stations will remain closed for routine maintenance work and for getting a dedicated power supply line.

“To ensure drinking water to maximum residents during the two days of cut,we have decided to shut all the four swimming pools of the civic body for five-six days,” the executive engineer added.

In an official release,the RMC said the swimming pools in Race Course,Kalavad Road and Pedak Road will remain closed for members from Saturday to Wednesday,while the one on Kotharia road will remain shut till Thursday.

Lakhs of liters of water is used to fill up these four pools besides their daily use of thousands of liters each for shower and cleaning.

“Members require around 40,000 to 50,000 litres of water per day for showers. Plus,we need around 10,000 liters fo backwash,” an official associated with the Race Course swimming pool said.

A top civic official said that the swimming pools were a luxury for certain people in the city and that to cut supply to them was the only option to make drinking water available to larger segments of the population.

The RMC distributes water for 20 minutes every alternate day. The city requires around 150 million liters of water per day. But as the local sources,like Aji and Bhadar dams,have dried up,residents are completely dependent on the Narmada water.

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