Water Scarcity: City In Grip Of Water Scarcity, Many Purchase From Tankers | Jaipur News

Jaipur: Water crisis in the city is turning worse with the maximum temperature in the city touching the 39°C mark, sparking concerns that water scarcity could further deepen in the peak summer months ahead.Tanker water supply by Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) in the city saw a 10% rise in the last seven days, said officials. “Everything was fine till the middle of April. But demand for water started increasing in the last one week, and we had to press tanker water services 10% more than what it was since March 1,” said a PHED official on Wednesday.Such a rise in demand for tanker water in the city normally starts when the maximum temperature crosses the 40°C mark, said officials. As per the Met department’s forecast, the maximum temperature in Jaipur would remain around 42°C next week.“The situation could further deteriorate next week. The problem is that we have given new connections to several new colonies and a few big residential complexes in the last one year. Although the capacity of the transfer line from Bisalpur to Jaipur has been augmented, we are not being able to transfer water as per the demand because water level in Bisalpur Dam is very low,” said a PHED engineer.PHED has transferred 512.09 MLD of water from Bisalpur Dam when the actual demand was higher, said an official. While the demand would increase considerably over the next few days, supply by PHED can only marginally increase, he added. The rise in demand for water has offered operators of private tankers an opportunity for brisk business. Tanker owners have been gradually increasing the price of water they provide, and residents are left with no other option than to buy water at a premium.“Normally a tanker of water costs Rs 800 in Jaipur. We purchased a tanker of water for Rs 1,000 yesterday. It would not be surprising if they raise the cost to anywhere between Rs 2,200 and 2,500 per tanker as the temperature starts shooting up,” said Ankit Sharm, a resident of Jhotwara.

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