Monday, September 15, 2014

CAPpings - India - Thousands of litres of drinking water are going down the drain due to a pipe burst on the main supply line, located along the Thane-Belapur Road at Digha, Navi Mumbai

Officials clueless about Thane-Belapur Road pipeline burst. Thousands of litres of drinking water are going down the drain due to a pipe burst on the main supply line, located along the Thane-Belapur Road at Digha, said residents. Local slum dwellers are queuing up to take home free potable water. Some motorists are washing their cars as well.



NAVI MUMBAI: Thousands of litres of drinking water are going down the drain due to a pipe burst on the main supply line, located along the Thane-Belapur Road at Digha, said residents. Local slum dwellers are queuing up to take home free potable water. Some motorists are washing their cars as well. Authorities are yet to plug the leakages or check water thefts happening for the past few weeks.

The leakages at many points are attributed to old pipes and handiwork of slum dwellers. "We are not doing anything wrong. We are only consuming the water that would otherwise go waste," said a slum dweller. This wastage leads to low pressure in supply in the vicinity, said a local, water bill paying consumer Ajit Bhavsar. When TOI asked MIDC officials about the pipe burst, Avinash Mali, deputy engineer, said "We have not come across the burst, as it might have happened recently. Our team will check for leakages, if any."

Article Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/navi-mumbai/Officials-clueless-about-Thane-Belapur-Road-pipeline-burst/articleshow/42555608.cms
Publication Date: 16 September 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CAPpings - India - Goa to replace 1000 km-long pipeline to curb non-revenue water

Goa government has announced augmentation of its water supply capacity and also replacement of an age old pipeline criss-crossing 1000-kilometre stretch in the state to reduce the quantum of non-revenue water


Panaji: Goa government has announced augmentation of its water supply capacity and also replacement of an age old pipeline criss-crossing 1000-kilometre stretch in the state to reduce the quantum of non-revenue water.

State Public Works Department Ministe told reporters here that the central government has given in principle go ahead for the ambitious project replacing the 1,000 km long pipeline at a cost of Rs 345 crore.

"The formal proposal would be placed before the union government?s committee during the meeting scheduled on September 25," Dhavalikar said.

The minister said that such a measure would reduce the quantum of non-revenue water, which is currently has reached alarming level of 40-50 per cent.

He said a special cell comprising 25 engineers has been assigned the job of curbing the percentage of non revenue water.

The Cell was formed three months back and we are sure that all the measures would help us to reduce the non revenue water (NRW) up to 20 per cent by next year, he said conceding that majority of revenue loses are created due to NRW.

Dhavalikar said the state government is working to provide round the clock water supply to all parts of Goa by December 2016, through the Japan agency funded project.

He said work on projects dealing with water augmentation will be complete by March 2015.

Article Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/sci-tech/goa-to-replace-1000-km-long-pipeline-to-curb-non-revenue-water_1469215.html

Publication Date: 13 September 2014

CAPpings- India - Pipeline leakage induced contamination of drinking water supply in the districts of Amreli and Sabarkantha in Gujarat


Probable cause of disease outbreak was contamination of drinking water due to pipeline leakages.



Cases of vomiting and diarrhoea reported from Village Lunasapur, PHC - Nageshri Block Jafarabad, District Amreli. District RRT investigated the outbreak. Active search for cases done. Probable cause of outbreak was contamination of drinking water due to pipeline leakages. All cases treated symptomatically. Water samples sent to District Public Health Lab; result awaited. Chlorination of water sources done. Disinfection of surrounding done. IEC done regarding personal hygiene and safe drinking water.

Date of Observation: 11 August 2014

Cases of diarrhea reported from Village /SC Sabalpur, PHC Bolundra, Block Modasa, District Sabarkantha. District RRT investigated the outbreak. Active search for cases done. Probable cause of outbreak was contamination of drinking water due to pipeline leakage.
02 water sample sent to Microbiology Department, Himmatnagar Hospital; result awaited. Out of 10 stool sample tested 06 were positive for cholera. Chlorine tablets & ORS packets distributed. IEC done regarding personal hygiene and safe drinking water.

Date of Observation: 12 August 2014

Article Source: Integrated Disease Surveillance Project 

Friday, September 12, 2014

India - Severe pollution of potable water for the past two years in Indiranagar colony, Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) due to pipeline leakage induced sewer mixing

Around 300 residents claimed that they have been facing severe pollution of potable water for the past two years. They complained that they were being supplied with stinking water, contaminated with sewage because of leaking pipelines.



Indiranagar residents thirst for clean drinking water

AURANGABAD: Residents of Indiranagar colony, ward number 51, Baijipura, put up a protest on Friday against the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), alleging that civic officials have failed to respond to their two-year-long demand of replacing old drinking water pipelines in the locality.

Around 300 residents claimed that they have been facing severe pollution of potable water for the past two years. They complained that they were being supplied with stinking water, contaminated with sewage because of leaking pipelines. Residents said that they had complained to the AMC many times about the dirty water supplied, but no action has been taken so far.

Bajipura is one of the few areas in Aurangabad facing complaints of a contaminated drinking water supply.

"We have been getting contaminated drinking water for the last two years. Though we took up the issue with AMC officials, no action has been taken. We registered our protests many times and took out a morcha to the ward office at Baijipura, but to no avail," said Salma Shaikh, a local resident.

With no proper piped drinking water supply, locals here depend on tankers and bore-wells. "Women find it very difficult to carry pots of water frequently up to the second or the third floor of their homes," Shaikh said.

"The drinking water supplied here is muddy and it stinks. I am on heavy medicines these days as a treatment of colitis, which I contracted consuming this water," said Aseefa Shale, another local.

Shale said many of her neighbours were also suffering from waterborne diseases. "In spite of reporting these issues to the AMC, officials have never taken any steps for our colony," said other residents.

"We have complained that we are getting water contaminated with sewage to corporator Kailash Gaikwad, but he has turned a blind eye towards this issue as well. He did not bother to visit our area even once to address our problem," said resident Salim Ullah.

Corporator Kailash Gaikwad could not be contacted.

"After we complained, AMC officials had collected water samples, but nothing has been done. The drainage and water supply pipelines are laid parallel and any breach in the pipelines allows mixing of dirty water with drinking water," said Syed Mobin.

AMC section engineer Arun More said, "We have been attending to the problem when we receive complaints. We have even fixed the leakages, but since these pipelines are very old, they need to be replaced."

Article Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/aurangabad/Indiranagar-residents-thirst-for-clean-drinking-water/articleshow/42391785.cms
Publication Date: 13 September 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

India - Surgery cancelled after pipe burst in Midnapore, West Bengal


Surgery cancelled after pipe burst in Midnapore, West Bengal



Midnapore: Surgeries in all the five operation theatres (OTs) in Midnapore Medical College (MMC) and Hospital scheduled beyond 8 am had to be cancelled on Friday after pipes supplying water there got choked.

Operations at the ENT, Eye, Orthopaedic surgical, General surgical and Emergency surgical OTs were cancelled as there was no supply of water.

The eight patients, who had skipped meals ahead of the surgeries, were taken to rest rooms adjoining the OTs.

Article Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Surgeries-cancelled-after-pipe-burst/articleshow/39443171.cms
Publication Date: 02 August 2014

India - Mumbai Suffers 25% Water Cut After Pipe to Lake Bursts, PTI Says

Because the pipeline that supplies water to the city from Tansa Lake burst at Vartak Nagar, a 25 percent water cut was imposed in the western, eastern and southern parts of the city


Authorities in Mumbai, home to Bollywood stars and 12.5 million people, imposed an immediate 25 percent cut in city water supplies today when a pipeline from a lake ruptured, Press Trust of India said, citing the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.

The Indian metropolis hopes to complete the repair work to one of seven lakes that supply water to the financial capital and restore full supplies by tomorrow night.

Because the pipeline that supplies water to the city from Tansa Lake burst at Vartak Nagar, a 25 percent water cut was imposed in the western, eastern and southern parts of the city, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Ramesh Bambale told PTI. The agency five days earlier ceased water cuts imposed on July 3 on Mumbai due to poor June rainfall that had been halved to 10 percent on July 30 after a downpour.

Article Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-18/mumbai-suffers-25-water-cut-after-pipe-to-lake-bursts-pti-says.html
Publication Date: 17 August 2014

India - CAPpings- Water pipeline leakages across Mumbai went up by 20% in 5 Years

While 25,123 leakages were detected in 2009, the number has risen to 30,100 till October 2013. Water pipeline leakages across Mumbai went up by 20% in 5 Years


If the data obtained from the hydraulic department is anything to go by, the number of visible leakages detected in the water pipelines across the city has increased by 20% in the past five years.

While 25,123 leakages were detected in 2009, the number has risen to 30,100 till October 2013. The figures, however, do not account for the leakages of underground pipelines, which flow directly into the nullahs and sewer lines, as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has no mechanism to identify them.

Officials claim that the number does not equate to the amount of water lost. “Even a minor dripping leak and a major pipeline burst are counted as leakages. The increase in the number of leakages does not mean that an increasing quantity of water is being lost,” said an official from the hydraulic engineer’s department, on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Experts claim the civic body has failed in bridging the gap between the demand and supply of water in the city. Citing the Rs2,207-crore Middle Vaitarna dam project as a case in point, Nitai Mehta, managing trustee of Praja Foundation, said, “While hundreds of crores of rupees are spent on increasing the capacity of water supply sources, the cost-effective measures that could help plug leakages in the distribution system are ignored”.

The Praja Foundation, in its white paper, released in April had stated how there had been a 60% rise in the number of water supply-related complaints such as leakages, water shortage and contamination, between 2011 and 2012.

Several projects planned by the civic body to improve the distribution network have been pending for years with little or no progress.

“The leakages in the distribution system could have an adverse impact on people’s health. Areas in island city such as Byculla, Tardeo, Girgaum are the worst affected because of the old water pipelines,” said Mehta.

Article Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/mumbai/in-5-years-water-pipeline-leakages-across-mumbai-went-up-by-20/article1-1156980.aspx
Publication Date: 29 November 2013