Chandigarh and Mohali will be grappling with water shortage for two days from Monday, i.e. June 18.
The Kajauli waterworks’ 66kV power station is to undergo repairs and so will not be pumping water to Chandigarh. It is to be noted that The city gets at least 65 million gallon daily (MGD) water from four phases of the Kajauli waterworks, which takes care of the city’s 70% percent water requirement.
The repairs will continue from 9am to 3pm on Monday, water supply will be affected during the evening hours (6pm to 8:30pm) that day and in the morning (3am to 8:30am) on Tuesday.
Supply in Chandigarh
3 am to 8.30 am: Normal
6 pm to 8.30 pm: Low pressure
3 am to 8.30 am: Low pressure
6.30 pm to 8.30 pm: Normal
Also, MC officials said they will supply water tanks to areas that face low water pressure during this temporary disruption.
Fourth time this summer
This will be the forth disruption to water supply in the past 45 days.
On May 1, supply was hit due to maintenance inside the waterworks. Between May 17 and 20, there was a major leakage in the pipeline at the Sector-39 waterworks that channelises water from Kajauli to the entire city.
The present storage capacity of the Kajauli is just 48 MGD which only lasts half a day. In case of any leakage in the pipeline or other disruption, the whole city faces water shortage.
Former mayor Arun Sood said it’s high time the MC upgraded its water storage infrastructure to face the repeated breakdowns during summer.
“At a time when the MC is trying to provide 24-hour water supply to residents, adequate storage capacity is the need of the hour,” he said.
Source: HT Chandigarh
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