For a family of seven, this family in Nigdi-Pradhikaran has to pay very little water bills. The reason: they have learnt to save water.
“When we moved into this area 36 years ago, the water pipelines were old and leaking. They were laid out haphazardly in twists and turns which slowed down the water pressure. We changed all the pipelines in the house and laid them in such a way that good pressure is maintained. Also, most of the taps in the house are ‘half cock’ taps which help in judicious use of water,” says Anand Panse, 61, a retired mechanical engineer.
A joint family of seven, the Panses meet their water needs from a 500 litre water tank. “That too we don’t fill completely. Almost half of it remains empty. The tank is installed with ‘half cock’ to streamline the usage well. All these efforts mean that the usage has come down to such an extent that the trimonthly water bill for the house is Rs 70 to 80,” he says.
Apart from practising at his own home, Panse also takes efforts to create awareness among those around him.
“To the extent possible, I try to create awareness about the need of water conservation in my society and neighborhood. Some of them listen to the advice, many don’t. Those who listen to me, I provide them with tips to save water,” says Panse.