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Water woes plague Aizawl
AIZAWL, FEB 16 (Agencies):
Published on 16 Feb. 2009 11:57 PM IST
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Despite being one of the wettest places in the country, receiving an average annual rainfall of 219 cm, Aizawl’s natural water springs go dry during the non-rainy season causing hardships to the people, while the Tlawng river, the sole source of water supply, becomes a thin line of water. “Now we are getting water supply three to four days late. Sometimes we don’t get even a drop in a week without any prior information from the department. By the time the next water supply arrives, our tank has completely gone dry and there is not even a single spring in our area to get water from,” laments an Aizawl resident.“The previous government had inaugurated the greater Aizawl water supply scheme phase-II with a promise of sufficient water. But, where’s the sufficient water? Dry season comes and we face the same difficulty,” she adds. The much-hyped greater Aizawl water supply scheme phase-II has been a non-starter. Work on the Rs 176.57-crore scheme began in 1998, but it could not materialise due to the Mizoram government’s alleged failure to undertake the scheme with a systematic approach. The scheme was designed to make available 24.1 million litres of potable water to the residents of the city everyday. To lessen the water woes in dry season, the state public health engineering department has taken up rainwater harvesting on a large scale. The method envisages fitting semicircular rain gutters fabricated with galvanised sheets to the eaves of roofs to collect rainwater, which are to be stored in reservoirs for use during the dry season. Rainwater harvesting in Aizawl began during the eighties. The government has provided about 15,000 rainwater tanks in the state capital and its suburbs. Residents have installed another 50,000 tanks.

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