Total water lost could fill 2,000 Olympic-size swimming pools, officials said
Yet another old pipeline burst in the city yesterday, causing around 6 million litres of water to be squandered in the short span of time. Around 10 am yesterday, the 12-mm Tansa water pipeline burst on Dr BR Ambedkar Road in Dadar. Officials from the hydraulic engineering department managed to open up the cement concrete road around 5 pm after which repairs began. The two affected wards, F-North and F-South (see box), would receive water today after their regular supply timings.
Water woe: BMC officials at the spot of the 12-mm Tansa water pipeline
that burst on Dr BR Ambedkar Road in Dadar, yesterday.
An official from the hydraulic engineer's department of the BMC said, "Nearly 6 mld of water was lost in the pipeline burst in Dadar on Wednesday."
77 punctures in 2 yrs
In the past two years, there have been 78 incidents of pipeline bursts in the city so far, of which 51 have occurred in 2010 and 27 in 2011 (see box), the last before Wednesday's being in November in G-North ward.
Another official on the condition of anonymity said, "Around 100 mld of water was lost due to pipe bursts in the last two years. The water lost can fill up 2,000 swimming pools the size of Dadar pool which has a capacity of 50,000 litres of water."
BMC's Standing Committee Chairman Rahul Shewale said, "A lot of water is lost in the city due to pipeline bursts. The main reason is that the lines are old and feeble. Also, contractors do not carry out proper work."
He said that the civic authority is trying to augment the water supply in the city with new projects but nearly 700 mld of water is lost yearly due to thefts and leakages. "The water lost in the 77 incidents is equivalent to the daily supply to entire M-East ward or L- Ward or even H-East ward," he said.
Said Additional Municipal Commissioner (Water Supply) Rajiv Jalota, "The pipeline burst underground. The engineers are certain of completing the repairs before Thursday morning but supply to F-North and F-South wards in the island city would be delayed. It is a very old pipeline and it burst naturally."