City residents, especially those in the southern sectors, are a harried lot as the water supply has been erratic in the past few days. Those living in upper floors are the worst hit.
Jatinder Singh, a resident of Sector 37, said the water supply to the first and second floors of their building has been insufficient to meet daily requirements.
“We have no option but to carry the water in buckets from the ground floor,” he said Rajinder Singh Badheri, president of Superenclave Society, Sector 49, said low water supply in upper floors was a cause of concern for many housing societies in the southern sectors. Residents are using pumping machines and carrying water to upper floors. “This is a problem every year during the summer and local authorities have failed to find a permanent solution, he said.
The water pressure is low in Sectors 35, 37, 39 43, 48, 49, 50 and 51. Some northern sectors too, such as Sector 21, have been facing the problem.
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Chairman of the federation of Sectors Welfare Association Baljinder Singh Bittu attributed the issue to “poor planning” by civic officials. “Leakages of water pipelines during summer is aan issue every year. Why don’t they fix the problem in winter when they have ample time to carry out repair work? he said.
Also, there is a major demand and supply gap in the city which has not been addressed on priority, Baljinder said, adding that against demand of 116 million gallons daily, the total water supply is not more than 75-80 million gallons.
Sources said water supply has been erratic since last week when MC faced a leakage issue in Phase III of the water supply line from the Kajauli waterworks to the Sector 39 waterworks.
MC superintending engineer NP Sharma said the problem was resolved last week and attributed the low water pressure in some areas to the high demand for water in summer. “However, the situation will improve soon as monsoon is expected,” he said.