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City braces for water woes this summer

With water scarcity problem being felt much early in the season,most societies in Aundh are depending on water tankers,while the others are digging borewells to cope with the shortage.

Even as civic bod tries to justify the water cut,Newsline takes a look at how people are coping with it

With water scarcity problem being felt much early in the season,most societies in Aundh are depending on water tankers,while the others are digging borewells to cope with the shortage.

Ashok L,secretary of Nav Pinnac Kanchanganga Society in Aundh,said,“Last year,we had spent over Rs 1 lakh on tankers for two months. This year,even before summer began,we dug one bore-well. We had dug one last year and already have two. With four borewells,we hope to manage without tankers this year. This water is used for cleaning and washing by 192 flats of the society.” He said borewell water was cheaper and cleaner than tanker water.

Elite Garden society in Aundh also uses borewell water,but does not feel the need for tankers now. “We have one borewell and the water is sufficient for 190 flats. Bu we might need tankers in April and May,” said Prafulla Patil,secretary of the society.

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Rameshchandra Shivpuri,former president of Western Aundh Welfare Association,said this is not a problem of just one locality. “The government must look at effective rain water tapping,increasing capacity of reservoirs and so on,” he said.

Tanker tale

Newly elected president of Western Aundh Welfare Association Bobby Gokhale said 50-odd member societies in Aundh used to feel the need for tankers during April-May. With water cut being announced from March 1,most of these societies now order at least two tankers per day. “We had approached Aundh ward officer Jayant Bhosekar and chief of PMC water supply department. But all we heard was that remedial action is being taken and water supply will get better in a couple of days,” he said. Anticipating water shortage next year,WAWA is already looking for small consultation workshops for rain water harvesting projects in residential societies.

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