Even though the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) started using water from the Kaushalya dam last month for supply to its sectors,there has been no relaxation in the water cuts that the urban development body is resorting to in the city.
According to officials,even as the water has been released from the dam at the water treatment facility at Sector 1,only the discharge from the tubewells has decreased and the actual supply to the residents has remained the same.
Officials however said that drawing the water from the dam will help them reduce the decline in the ground water levels in the city as the dependence on tubewells will reduce.
They stressed that due to the utilisation of water from the dam at 5 cusecs of water each day,the dependence on the supply of water from tubewells will reduce significantly.
Sub Divisional Engineer,HUDA,G S Bajwa,said that the utilisation of water from the dam will help reduce the dependence on tubewells. He said that after the water was drawn from the dam last month there has been no change in the water schedule for the different sectors.
We continue to provide the supply for eight hours a day to the different sectors in the city. The four-hour supply is from 5 to 9 am in the morning while in the evening the supply runs to the households from 5-9 pm, he said.
According to officials the ground water level in different sectors in the city is nearly 30 feet and there is a decline of 7 feet in water level that is being witnessed every year due to the use of tubewells. However they add that with the use of water of the dam,the reduction in the ground water level could be minimised.
Officials add that the dependence on the dam for the water consumption will also ensure that the HUDA will have to foot a lesser amount on the consumption of electricity to run the tubewells. Officials reveal that the urban development authority has been able to save between Rs 10-12 lakh each month on the consumption of electricity after utilisation of water from the dam.
According to officials,however,the level of water supply from the dam is only 5 cusecs per day as of now. They add that the water treatment plant in Sector 1 in the city has the capacity of 8 cusecs,but the discharge from the dam was low as of now due to lesser rains.
Officials expect the supply position to improve,hoping the moonsoon rains will increase the water discharge level from the dam.