Monday, August 4, 2014

India - Water Pipeline Leakage - Rajajipuram in Lucknow getting contaminated drinking water - Old sewer lines run close to water pipelines

The area is densely populated and has very old sewer lines which run close to water pipelines. These pipelines are in extremely bad condition as a result of which sewage content frequently mixes with the water supply.


Rajajipuram getting contaminated drinking water

LUCKNOW: Residents of Rajajipuram are facing the problem of contaminated water supply for past many days. The residents of five wards -- Kunwar Jyoti Prasad I, Kunwar Jyoti Prasad II, Hardeen Rai Nagar, Labour Colony and Rajajipuram Housing ? have complained about scanty and dirty water supply but with no results.

Shiv Pal Sawariya, corporator of Rajajipuram ward said, "Blocks F and D have been receiving contaminated water supply since last 20 days. Use of plastic pipes instead of galvanized iron ones to save on connection cost is the major reason behind this problem". The plastic pipes are risky as they wither away with time, allowing mud and sewage to seep in and mix with the water supply, he added.

The area is densely populated and has very old sewer lines which run close to water pipelines. These pipelines are in extremely bad condition as a result of which sewage content frequently mixes with the water supply. "Sewer lines should ideally be changed every 30 years but in Rajajipuram, they are more than 40 years old." said a resident.

Jitendra Upadhyay, another resident said, "When I requested Lucknow Municipal Corporation to change the pipelines, I got the same old excuse of lack of funds." Bhavya Puram area of Block A has not received water for the last 8 days. Problems related to water shortage and dissolved impurities in drinking water supply are enormously increasing in various localities of Rajajipuram, he added .

The entire area is having around 1000 hand pumps but unfortunately 80% of them are not working. Re-boring and repairing is a major challenge for corporators here. Jal Nigam is supposed to handle the work of re-boring, but often, they delay the work and wants government's approval for funds.

People have been fighting to get water for drinking purpose and other household chores. The locals also fear that water borne diseases are likely to spread under such conditions.

Article Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Rajajipuram-getting-contaminated-drinking-water/articleshow/39445270.cms
Publication Date: 02 August 2014

1 comment:

  1. Corrosion of water distribution system is completely ignored by the water management authorities. There are numerous incidents of corrosion induced pipeline leakages reported in our country. This is one of the leading causes for contamination with high levels of iron and also bacterial entry from the sewer system. When the pipeline weakens due to metallic corrosion or prolonged exposure or external damage, many spots become vulnerable for leakage induced contamination. These leakage spots are misappropriately interpreted for pressure maintenance. Authorities often quote the allowance of 15% leakage as per our design standards. This is highly unsuitable for our country considering the loss of significant quantity of water from the present resources. It is not the simple replacement of failed pipeline of one material with another one. Water management authorities and design houses should employ a proper risk assessment to identify the various sources for leakages and select the correct materials of construction. Our national water policy should be amended to follow design standards suitable for the present conditions and find appropriate eco-friendly answers. Every drop of water is counted now in our country.

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