Private water tankers’ water unfit to drink

The private water tankers supplying water to residents of Panvel are found delivering salty water. Residents are forced to depend upon water tankers owing to water scarcity. Residents allege the PCMC do not take water samples for testing. Even one housing society in Panvel told the PCMC staff on Friday that they are getting water from private suppliers. The PCMC staff returned without taking the water sample. The PCMC commissioner says that water samples will be collected forcefully.

Due to the ongoing water scarcity a large number of residents depend upon private water tankers. These private water tankers brought water from the wells located in various villages of Panvel taluka. Some wells are located in the PCMC area. The villages are Podi, Khanda, Kalamboli, Bhingari, around Taloja etc wheres villages located outside the PCMC limit are Sukhapur, Akurli, Kaka chi wadi, etc areas.

RTI activist Bharat Jadhav alleged, “The water tankers are filled from the wells. The private water tanker supply rate ranges from Rs1600 per 10KL. The supplies are made to Old Panvel, Taloja phase I and II sometimes nodes of Cidco. Also water supply is made to without occupancy certificate buildings. The water samples are neither taken by PCMC nor tested by the private tankers before delivery. Hence resident complain about salty, sludge filed etc water issues. This is a serious public health issue and would lead to diseases.”

A Panvel based housing society member PP Patil alleged, “Salty water is delivered in our society. The building do not have OC and hence builder supplies water from private water tankers. Over hundred flats and few shop owners are inconvenienced for over last eight months. With reduction in ground water level in summer salt and sludge content rise in water. This is threatening public health.”

The PCMC water supply department deputy engineer Ulhas Wad said, “A policy has been formulated asking private water tanker suppliers to register with PCMC. No private water tanker supplier has come forward to register. Also no action has been taken against any water tanker supplier.”

The PCMC water supply committee former president Nilesh Baviskar alleged, “The lethargic administration did not act on many water supply issues even after formulation of policy, finalisation of tender etc. This is the biggest problem of the administration.”

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