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Water is one of the most basic needs of any living being. During summers, the need for it only intensifies. But what happens when you don't have enough water for your daily needs?
I met the residents of DDA flats in East Delhi's Anand Vihar, who are facing acute water shortages. They complain that they don't get enough water for their daily needs.
"We are facing water supply issues here. The supply from Delhi Jal Board is too little. We only get around 10 minutes of supply, and even that water is so dirty that you can't even think of drinking it. It is of no use. It's like sewage water."Deepa Kakkar, Resident
Another resident of the housing society, Sameer Sharma, adds, "The water comes at around 6:45 am (every day) and there is no water pressure. It's dirty and is not potable."
These residents have been facing water issues for nearly four years now. Left with no option, they must either buy or tow water from elsewhere.
"We buy one bottle of 20 litres every day. To buy this, we shell out Rs 150 as a security deposit, and each bottle costs Rs 90. We don't buy fruits for our kids, because, for us, water is more important. I have three children and all of them are studying. We have to sacrifice their needs because buying water is our priority."Deepa Kakkar, Resident
Prateek Tripathi, one of the occupants of the flats, says, "We are consuming water used in the park and the situation is very bad. I have a patient at home. It's so difficult for me to meet the water requirements of the patient. Even after installing several water pumps, the supply issue doesn't seem to end."
Vinod, another resident of the society, showed me the water tank from which water is supplied to the flats.
"A Delhi Jal Board executive comes every day at 6:45 am to initiate the supply. Water present here is not more than up to 1-2 levels (inside the tank). There are around 7 levels here and we have 138 flats. Most of it is empty. There is some water at the bottom."Vinod, Resident
Several complaints have been made to the Delhi Jal Board, but the issue is far from being resolved. As the temperature soars, residents fear that they might have to endure yet another summer marred by water scarcity.
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