Dwarka's water crisis has hit an all-time low as the Munak canal in Haryana, from where the sub-city drew water, was damaged during the recent Jat reservation protests.
Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials have said the problem is likely to last another week. In such a scenario, RWAs are arranging water on their own.
Residents are having to buy drinking water from private tankers. However, the total dissolved solids value of this water is higher than the permissible 2,500 ppm, making it unfit for consumption.
“We receive water every two or three days, but even that isn't easy. We have to fight tooth and nail at the DDA pump houses and the command tanks twice a day to receive water. We are managing our requirements on a day-to-day basis. It is a temporary solution, at best,” says SS Chowhan, President of Radhika Apartments in Sector 14.
Sudha Sinha, secretary of the Federation of Cooperative Group Housing Societies (CGHS), Dwarka, further elaborates on the plight of residents. “We are in continuous touch with the DJB. It has assured us that regular water supply will resume in a week. Till then, it will be sending mobile water tankers to fulfil our needs. Officials, however, have failed to understand that this 'solution' doesn't work for multistoreyed societies, where water consumption is high. Societies have to resort to using hard ground water, which is not potable.”
Expressing his discontent, Sushil Kumar, President of Dwarka Forum, says, "The water shortage in Dwarka highlights the failure of the system. It is shocking that there are no alternative arrangements for water in a populated area such as Dwarka. It should have sufficient back-up to avert a crisis.”