Locals of Dambole village had a trying time last week when their drinking water supply was interrupted for a whole week from November 16-22. Villagers have only four taps in the entire village that did not spill a single drop of water after their water supply was cut. With their taps running dry, villagers had to struggle to survive.
While locals complain that water supply has been irregular for the past three years, City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) officials insist that they have been receiving sufficient water supply except for last week, which was due to a technical problem.
Consuming well water for almost a week caused several health problems for the villagers. Lila Ratan Katkarni said, “I have not taken a bath for the last two days and we get only bore well water which not good for our health.”
Long walk to the water
“We have to get well water for drinking which is unclean and needs to be passed through a filter. We use bore well water for other purposes which we have to get by travelling 2-3 km from our homes,” said Bhima Damu Katkarni, another villager. The village consists of 40 to 45 houses and has a population of around 250 people. When MiD DAY asked Arun Wagh, a Std IV student at Sarwa Shiksha Abhiyan government school about the situation, he said, “There is no water in our school either so we don’t even like to go there for our classes.”
Rajendra Podar, assistant engineer of CIDCO, said, “We are providing sufficient water to the village. In fact we have spent Rs 5 lakh to install a booster pump for the villagers through which water will be transferred to the water tank of the village.” Podar suspects that the villagers have been puncturing holes in the water pipes to steal water. “There might be some internal dispute among the villagers. I will look into the issue and visit the village to investigate the problem in depth.”