Water scarcity is not new to Noida. Residents of the industrial city largely depend on alternative sources of water with regular disruptions in water supply from the Noida Authority.
Looking for a permanent redressal to the water issue, a resident welfare group, Progressive Community Foundation (PCF), has taken up the public grievance with Ministry of Water and Sanitation. It called for an independent inquiry into the matter and action by the Central Government.
Vishnu Saini, a member of PCF, said many a time, the water supplied by the authority through taps in established societies is brackish and tinted as the authority has not upgraded its infrastructure or installed any new treatment plants.
Talking to CitySpidey, Saini said, “The same old water pipelines and tube wells are being used by the authority to provide water to sectors while the group housing societies like high rises and apartments are deprived of adequate water supply and thus are largely dependent on groundwater as their demand is not met.”
As per several resident welfare groups in Noida, the problem of water has been raised with the authority innumerable times in the last five years as the population increased four fold in a decade but no permanent solution was ever brought to the tables.
Amit Gupta, a resident of Prateek Wisteria in Sector 77, a society which uses groundwater as the supply by the Noida Authority is not sufficient, said, “The quality of groundwater is not good, it has hard chemicals like carbonates of calcium and magnesium.”
He added even after proper refining, traces of chemicals remain as advanced technology to completely get rid of these elements is not yet available here.
Another major problem that is detrimental to the well-being of the residents is that even the water supplied by the authority is not potable water worthy of human consumption. This has made the use of RO a necessity than luxury for every household.
Shweta Bharti, member of Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA), said, “RO wastes a lot of water. The water extracted from the ground is hard water with a TDS value of more than 1800 and it is almost unusable without treatment. Residents spend huge amounts of money annually to maintain the water system in their homes.”
Residents of high rises, on several occasions, have raised their concern over the groundwater being supplied which cannot be used for drinking and cooking purposes.
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Sunita Singh, a resident of Gaur city says that the water supplied is so hard that a white lining can be found on the utensils, kitchen and bathroom fittings.
Cloth discolouration, skin diseases and hair fall have become part and parcel of staying in the smart cities like Noida and Greater Noida, she lamented.
Raising question on the quality of water supplied by the authority, Sushil Jain, a resident of Sector 92, said the treated water supplied by authority in the residential sectors is hard, sandy, sour in taste. He says Noida was established four decades ago, but still there is no direct 24-hour supply of potable water to houses. Though the Ganga water is being supplied for a few hours in a day, the supply gets disrupted many a time in a month.