Here's some good news for those residing between Andheri and Bandra. The BMC's water department will replace old valves in two major pipelines which will reduce wastage of lakhs of litres of drinking water and cases of contamination due to leakages.
The new automated valves will do away with the old butterfly valve, which requires continuous maintenance. “Butterfly valves get thinner day by day, thus leading to leakages and breakdown of valves due to increased pressure of water. But the new automated valve will not be maintenance-free but also sustain pressure of water. It has maintenance-free gear box which does not get thinner,” said an engineer from the water department.
New automated valve will cost the water department Rs2.13 crore, which will be replaced at Andheri water main pipeline and Bandra pipeline. Both pipelines are of 1,350mm diameter. Water department has repaired the valve for at least four times in the last 10 years.
“The whole point is to have free and flawless flow of water to reduce the chances of water cut for repairs. Whenever we used to get complaints of breakdown of the valve, we had to stop water supply to the connected areas. At a time, more than four to five lakh citizens were made to go through water cut and we did not have any choice. But the new automated valve will prove an answer to our problem,” the official added.