GUWAHATI: The water supply system of Guwahati which was commissioned way back in 1930 has become a cause of concern for the residents of the city. Residents of several localities have complained about the wastage of drinking water due to pipeline leakage. The locals alleged that no action has been taken by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) to prevent the wastage by plugging the leak.
The pipelines were laid several decades ago and has now become old and rusty resulting in frequent water leakage resulting in wastage of a huge quantity of potable water on a daily basis.
"The Satpukhuri water supply treatment plant was was commissioned in 1930 and supply network was laid that year. It was renovated in 1984. The Panbazar plant was commissioned in 1963 followed by the Kamakhya plant in 1981. The present output from the three plants and 8 functioning deep tube wells is 45 MLD," a GMC source said.
Currently, GMC is able to cover only 30% of the Municipal Corporation area through its supply network. All together approximately 30,500 house connections are provided pipeline water from the Guwahati Municipal Corporation water supply network. Guwahati Municipal Corporation has 12 mobile water tankers of different capacities. Water is supplied to the consumers within the Corporation area through these tankers on demand and also supplied for various ceremonial and other occasions on request.
The Guwahati Municipal Corporation has three water supply treatment plants at Panbazar. Satpukhuri and Kamakhya and water is pumped from river Brahmaputra to these plants and after processing the plant water is pumped to different reservoirs located at hill tops. Some areas are supplied through direct pumping also. Besides these plants, there are eight functional deep tube wells at different locations.