Noida: The Noida Federation of Apartment Owners Associations (NOFAA) has written to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Noida Authority Ritu Maheshwari raising the issue of Ganga water supply which is not consistent in several high-rise societies. It also mentioned that the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) levels have crossed 1,000 ppm (particulate per million), double the normal standard of 500 ppm TDS.
“The Ganga water supply comes twice a day and that too for a very short duration. Quite often that too gets restricted, leaving residents with a shortage of water. There are several societies in sectors 50, 62, 61, 7X and other sectors spread across Noida," the NOFAA stated in its letter.
“This results in the wastage of large volumes of water, thus resulting in extra financial burdens. The TDS levels have been much higher than prescribed standards in potable water, forcing residents to use filters/ROs/water treatment plants. This results in the wastage of large volumes of water. And resulting in extra financial burdens,” the letter further read.
Rajiva Singh, NOFAA president said, “Clean potable water is the foundation of any sustainable township and civil society. A lot more needs to be carried out in terms of improving the quality and quantity of water supply in Gautam Budh Nagar. Use of the RO system has become mandatory for every household today to reduce the TDS levels and make it potable. This practice is resulting in large wastage of water as well as an extra financial burden on residents in maintaining these water filtering machines. We all need to seriously relook into the entire framework of water management for sustainability.”
He added, “Recycled water from the sewage treatment plants (STP) needs better usage. The fast depleting groundwater table has to be taken care of. Rainwater harvesting and planting of more trees have to be carried out on a war-footing basis to slow down the fast changing climate and bring in an ecological balance to provide a better future to our coming generations.”
The NOFAA wrote that there have been instances when the TDS levels had crossed 1,000 ppm. The filters, under such circumstances, fail to function at their full capacity. The residents (each apartment) pay approximately Rs 5,000 as annual charges towards water billing to the administration, irrespective of their consumption patterns. The citizens should get clean and safe drinking water directly from the tap, NOFAA mentioned.
The NOFAA suggested that water meters should be installed on the main water lines of all societies as well as for individual apartments so that societies and residents can be charged as per their water consumption patterns. There should be separate billing for commercial users like shops, saloons, restaurants etc.