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Last updated: April 8 2013
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    Civic body orders all ward offices to clean up dug wells in their areas to supplement water supply for domestic use in the city.

    With the city facing an imminent water scarcity this summer, the civic body seems to have decided to dig a little deeper to find a solution. Now, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will try to keep tabs on water resources like borewells and dug wells across the city, as the civic body’s water supply department has issued an order to all ward offices to undertake cleaning work of dug wells within their limits.

    Currently, a majority of these lie unused, with broken covers, garbage thrown in, and a visible lack of maintenance. In 2010, PMC had requested the Ground Water Survey and Development Authority (GSDA) to conduct a survey to identify water resources in the city.

    According to the survey, the authority found 4,820 borewells and 399 dug wells in the city, out of which 1,575 borewells and 155 dug wells could be used for drinking water. Besides, the corporation also told GSDA to submit additional feasible places to dig borewells to obtain drinking water, in which the authority identified 530 spots. However, PMC has not dug at these spots yet.

    Areas where dug wells can be found in the city include Rasta Peth, Kasba Peth, Ghorpade Peth, Hadapsar, Wadgaonsheri, Baner, Pashan, Bibvewadi, Katraj, Kothrud, Yerwada, Vishrantwadi, Koregaon Park, Budhwar Peth, Shaniwar Peth, Guruwar Peth, Raviwar Peth, and a few others.

    At the time, GSDA had also told PMC that the water in the secondary sources they identified was sufficient to last the city for an entire year. However, they had suggested that tests be conducted on water samples in a government laboratory, to determine their potability After nearly three years, the city is facing a water crunch this summer, to address which the PMC has already instituted a 20 per cent cut in drinking water since late last year.

    However, considering that the situation may become worse in coming days, the Water Supply department is swinging into action to clean the available dug wells, for water to be used for domestic purposes. Head of PMC’s Water Supply department, said, “We are taking precautionary measures considering the prevailing water scarcity.

    We have given orders to three zonal superintendents to start work to clean public dug wells. Out of the 399 dug wells in the city, there are almost 80 public dug wells. The rest are private, and we cannot clean those.
    http://punemirror.in/article/2/20130...-scarcity.html

    PMC should activate drawing of water from dhanori lake,Suicide lake near Kalwad Basti,Close to airport, etc to improve water situation.
    Dhanori lake needs to be preserved and built up as water reservoir for use in the city.

    If only the administration wakes up,water problem can be alleviated to a great extent.
    Swimming pools in private societies ,water sports in big projects like Lavaaa should be shut down to conserve water.Drinking water should get top priority.
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    Re : PMC digs in to solve water scarcity

    Where there's a will there's a way

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      Re : PMC digs in to solve water scarcity

      Originally posted by OptimusPrime View Post
      Where there's a will there's a way
      its more like whenever there is a 'need' there is a 'search' for a way.

      In this case, it is a literal example of 'Digging a well when you get hungry'

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        An article by DNA dated May 1 is interesting.Water shortage does not come up overnight and nor can it be solved overnight.Talk of using wells and lakes has been heard whenever the summer season arrives and equally gets forgotten like a bad dream when rains begin.There is no focused approach to solving water problems.It is interesting to hear these views in this year old DNA article. Huge amount of water will be wasted on the IPL cricket match to prepare the pitches.The only way to show unhappiness is to avoid buying tickets for such events which waste huge water resources Sense of priority and empathy is lost.
        Article by DNA
        There are three reasons for water scarcity in the city this year. Firstly, the Lavasa project is consuming water, which is unaccounted for. As it does not fall under any rules, it has been rather misusing water resources. The availability of water in the Varasgaon dam in October 2011 was highest compared to last three years and after next six months, in April 2012, it was phenomenally the lowest. So the biggest question is: where has all the water gone? Either it is massively used or supplied to Lavasa. Another reason is that during the Panchayat Samiti elections in December 2011, before and after the elections, for exactly 110 days, water was allowed to flow through canals in full capacity. It was a sheer wastage.
        Lastly, water is being black marketed through the tanker lobby in the city. This has created a situation of water shortage in the city. The lobby is picking up PMC water, which is unaccounted for and being sold in the market. This lobby is openly being operated by none other than the ruling party workers.
        Lavasa not responsible for Pune's water woes
        Last year, the city received less rains and we are facing acute shortage due to increase in water usage. The increasing population and development works are contributing to high consumption of water. The requirement of water for the city has increased by 1 TMC compared to last year. The reason given for shortage is that water is being used for development works at Lavasa city, which is incorrect. In fact, large development works are taking place in the city compared to Lavasa. The data shows that the water storage in Varasgaon dam in October 2011 was 2 TMC less compared to the years before. The major reason for water scarcity this year is because monsoon didn’t return in September last year. After August 2011, there were no rains due to which the groundwater level has depleted.
        Harvest rainwater to tackle water scarcity in Pune
        The nalas allow the rainwater to flow, which recharges the groundwater level. Due to PMC concretising most of the nalas in the city over the years, the groundwater has dropped by 5 metres in the last 5 years.
        The extensive concretisation and channelling of nalas along with encroachment has destroyed the process of natural recharging of groundwater. Till we don’t resort to rainwater harvesting, the city will face serious water scarcity. It is also important to note that the water storage at Varasgaon dam between October 2011 and April 2012 has alarmingly dropped to less than half of its capacity. Where has all the water vanished?
        Corporators have helped in getting illegal connections
        The water scarcity we are facing is all because of mismanagement. As per the PMC figures, the water requirement of the city is increasing every year. This year, the requirement has gone up by 1 TMC, which clearly indicates that there are illegal water supply connections. Prior to the civic elections, the corporators have helped many people in getting illegal connections. There is a total of 29 TMC of water available in all the four dams that supply water to the city. How much water Pune should get is as per the agreement between PMC and the irrigation department. As per the old agreement, Pune gets 14 TMC of water every year. The irrigation department is not ready to supply more than that because the agreement is not being renewed.
        Puneites have the habit of overusing and wasting water
        The citizens are facing water problem due to the internal dispute between PMC and irrigation department, which is surely affecting the water management of the four dams that supply water. There is a trade-off between domestic, agriculture and industrial usage of water.
        The measurement system used by the irrigation department is not foolproof. When the responsibility of water count is left to people who are just standard XII pass, how can you expect proper water management from them which is largely based on statistics?
        Also, Puneites have the habit of overusing water and leakages of taps are often neglected by the citizens as well as the government administration. We always start debating and planning when we face water shortage but nobody talks about the same issue when there is abundance of water.
        Link:http://www.dnaindia.com/speakup/1690...pune-speaks-up
        We residents of Pune should take up the matter with local corporator,society managements and push for optimum use of water.Rain water harvesting should be tried out in a big way to reduce our water problem.
        Last edited April 5 2013, 12:06 PM.

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          Vaibav,
          This is fantastic stuff u r doing..
          Hope we all rise up and ask for basic things water and electricity

          hoping for better tomorrow ...i can atleast hope..dont know about future generations

          Thanks

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            Re : PMC digs in to solve water scarcity

            water shortage

            Originally posted by OptimusPrime View Post
            Vaibav,
            This is fantastic stuff u r doing..
            Hope we all rise up and ask for basic things water and electricity

            hoping for better tomorrow ...i can atleast hope..dont know about future generations

            Thanks
            Water shortage needs to be addressed by change in habits, way of using water. People should be made to pay water consumed with meters. Then people will be careful. Right now people waste drinking water on cleaning cars, washing balconies claiming that poor pigeons are blessing them with droppings very often.
            Use "pooncha" for balconies and wet cloth for cars in your societies. Get all leaking taps in the society fixed up. Even a small leak can overall cause wastage and even leave seepage marks on walls.Rain water harvesting should be compulsory for all societies. Don't keep silent if some member of society is found wasting water. Make a point to raise the matter with your society Secretary, Chairman etc.Peaceful change by making existing system more responsive, is the way out for better life . Change attitudes towards use of natural resources.
            Be the change you expect in others.

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              Re : PMC digs in to solve water scarcity

              Even after 65 yrs of Independence, we are fighting for Bipasa, Bijlee, Paani & Sadak.
              If you are happy, you are successful.

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                Re : PMC digs in to solve water scarcity

                Water scarcity

                Originally posted by realacres View Post
                Even after 65 yrs of Independence, we are fighting for Bipasa, Bijlee, Paani & Sadak.
                With the way water gets diverted to feed sugarcane crop at the expense of providing drinking water,there is no possibility of water scarcity being solved.The shocking crude remarks of a senior gentleman is indeed shocking of how he would like to fill up tanks.No one would like to drink that water and that could be diverted to sugarcane cultivation which will yield salty sugarcane crop.Sad that such dialogue came into play when dealing with such sensitive matters like water.
                Secondly our rampaging population needs control.
                Our politicians and administrators need to have a sense of priority while distributing natural resources.
                Right now it is to allocate maximum to their core interests and then to others.this helps their tanker business also.Two birds with one stone.How clever and accurate they are in self benefit.
                We need to vote out these people in 2014.The next chance will be too late..
                Last edited April 8 2013, 06:32 AM.

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