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Nearly every day is a ‘water day' for them

G. Venkataramana Rao
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Water is supplied to people of Muslim Bazaar once in six days

DAILY GRIND:Women getting water from a well at Muslim Bazar in Tiruvuru of Krishna district.
DAILY GRIND:Women getting water from a well at Muslim Bazar in Tiruvuru of Krishna district.

The World Water Day is easy to observe. Even individuals can do it. All they have to do is not use their taps throughout the day. The observance of the day was first formally proposed in ‘Agenda 21' of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro.

Observance began in 1993 and has grown significantly ever since. It is becoming very popular on Facebook. The people of Muslim Bazaar here have no knowledge of it, but have been observing the day inadvertently for the past few years.

“We did not use the taps the whole of today. People came to us and said that today is the World Water Day and that we should not use the taps. It was not difficult for us to do that because there is no water supply today,” said a resident of the colony Sheik Rahim jocularly.

Water is supplied through taps in the colony only once every six days. The residents consider themselves lucky even for that. The remaining five days they have to walk up to a “100-year-old well” in the centre of the colony and draw from it. There was regular water supply to all parts of the colony for several decades, but then the network of pipes became old and water supply got cut off to some sections.

For some reason the colony, which is in the heart of Tiruvuru, became neglected. Tiruvuru was recently upgraded from a gram panchayat to a Nagar panchayat and elections are going to be conducted for its civic body along with other municipalities in the district.

‘Neglected colony'

Mr. Rahim suggests that the colony had become neglected because most of the colony residents belonged to a minority community. Tiruvuru Nagar Panchayat executive officer Moses says that the water distribution system was fraught with a variety of problems. The network of pipelines in some parts of the place was over three decades old.

Power cut wreaked havoc because Tiruvuru Nagar Panchayat does not have a generator. Over and above all this, there was staff shortage. The posts of two fitters and three electricians were vacant, he said.


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