The General House of the Municipal Corporation on Wednesday gave its consent to amended water bylaws, making mandatory the use of tertiary treated water in houses/institutions above one Kanal, apart from putting the responsibility of changing faulty/dead meters on consumers.
MC commissioner Bhawna Garg said nearly 30 per cent connections in the city were being calculated on average reading, leading to revenue losses. “Now, it will be responsibility of the consumers to get their defective meters replaced within one month. The MC will only be responsible for testing the meter at its water meter testing lab and further installation at the premises of the consumers.”
Garg, however, assured the house that the MC would ensure the availability of meters in the market before implementing the new bylaws so that residents are not inconvenienced.
The proposed amended rules also state that in case defective water meters are not replaced within a specific time, a penal rate will be charged in the next cycle of billing for further period. “However, the consumers who install their own meters will not be liable to pay meter rent and their meter security will be refunded,” it adds.
Also, automatic meter reading (AMR) meters have been made mandatory for domestic users above 2 kanal houses and non-domestic users including commercial/industrial/institutional sectors to ensure accurate measurement of consumption among higher water users.
Officials said AMR meters can be procured by consumers from the agencies shortlisted by the MC soon.
Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand told the House that AMR meters would provide the advantage of taking accurate meter reading with the help of hand-held device. It can also detect tampering, leak and back flow which otherwise results in loss of revenue due to its non-detection in conventional meters, he said.
Another important decision in the bylaws is that use of tertiary treated water is to be made compulsory in all the houses and institutions having one above one kanal and above with in three months otherwise penal rate will be charged.
Councillors welcomed the move but said the TT water pipeline should be checked again as in many sectors as they these had developed leakages.
All Eateries/ dhabas/ booths/ shops located in markets or shopping areas that are not earmarked for this purpose will be provided provisional water and sewerage connection at commercial rate with due intimation to the estate office. But this does not mean legalising the change in use.
All vehicle service stations are required to install shallow tubewells in their premises at their own cost. However, permission should be sought from the MC within three months