Thursday, June 6, 2013

India - Water Contamination due to Corrosion - 60% rise in complaints of leaks in water pipelines, Kurla worst-hit


Water contamination due to corrosion of pipelines in Kurla, Mumbai




60% rise in complaints of leaks in water pipelines, Kurla worst-hit

At a time when the state is facing its worst drought in decades, precious litres of water are being wasted every day owing to leakages in the city's pipelines, which have risen by a whopping 61% since last year. Experts said that old, ill-maintained pipelines and a flawed distribution network are to blame. What's also worrying is that leakage contributes to contamination of water in the long run.

"The distribution system is flawed. Besides leakages in the century-old pipelines in the island city, the absence of a monitoring mechanism leads to wastage of more than 25% water every day," said former deputy municipal commissioner Prakash Sanglikar. "This could lead to contamination and affect public health."

Asserting that leakages in the corroding, old pipelines are a big reason for water contamination, experts demanded immediate action. "The BMC must take note of deteriorating pipelines, which have an alarming effect on the supply system and on health," said Nitai Mehta, founder-trustee, Praja Foundation.

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