Sample of contaminated water after keeping it outdoors in a sealed bottle for seven days.
Parts of North Delhi, including Mukherjee Nagar, Parmanand Colony etc. received impaired quality supply water on the morning of 18 June 2016. The water in the taps was found to be smelling and of creamish-brown colour. Residents of the area have lodged a complaint with the Delhi Jal Board, through the Buradi helpline number given on the Delhi Jal Board website.
The Buradi Helpline number confirms that there is a problem and impaired water problem will soon be fixed, as soon as the labourers come to work. However, the problem is not as simple as many of the residents have filled their overhead water tanks with this water.
Residents contacting Mr. Sanjeev Kumar (Mobile: 9650094218) of Delhi Jal Board are not being given any instructions on what to do to address this problem. The straightforward answer being given is that residents may contact a private agency and get their tanks cleaned. This is not only additional financial burden on the residents, it is also troublesome since cleaning a tank is not a day’s job.
Some residents of the area are familiar with the problem and according to them, finding impaired water in the supply taps is a regular problem in the area. It is for this reason that they check the water quality every day by smelling the water before filling their tanks. This, for a city which offered to sent water to water parched Latur, is actually ironical.
We hope the authorities take note of this chronic problem facing the area and ensure that the people of Delhi receive clean and healthy drinking water – a basic human right.