Pune: With water cuts looming large over the city owing to poor rainfall in the month of June, some citizens have already taken up the social responsibility of saving water and creating awareness about water conservation. Citizens are also blaming political leaders for not planning the water supply and placing Pune in a situation where it may face water cuts.
June is the first month of monsoon and Pune gets nearly 106 mm average rainfall by the June end. However, this year till June 24 the city has recorded only 13.8 mm rainfall which is much lesser than the average rainfall. The four dams — Khadakwasala, Panshet, Warasgaon and Temghar — which provide water to Pune have only around 2 TMC water which will cater to the city for only 30 days. Deputy chief minister and guardian minister of Pune, Ajit Pawar also has hinted at water cuts for Pune if the city does not get rain by Wednesday. Now since there is no rainfall and the city is mostly likely to face water cuts, there are few citizen groups who have already started practicing water saving measures. Girish Deshpande, member of Aundh Vikas Mandal told dna, “We have been creating awareness about water conservation. We have asked members of our group not to use excess water and adopt certain measures which will help in saving water.”
“We have advised citizens to use washing machines on alternate days, not to wash vehicles on a daily basis, instructing domestic helps to use water judiciously while cleaning utensils,” Deshpande elaborated. An Orchid Tower society in Balewadi Phata area has also changed its water schedule to make sure that there is no excess water supply. The society has come up with a circular where they have rescheduled the drinking water timetable. Water will now be supplied only for two hours in morning and two hours in the evening. On one hand citizens are taking up water conservation measures and on the other hand they are slamming political leaders for not planning better water supply for the city. Deshpande explained, “There was excess rain last year and dams were holding maximum capacity. If political leaders and administration would have planned the water supply, we would not have faced water shortage this year.”