Rajasthan water audit to end by Oct. 2

A unique “water audit” exercise in Jaipur, Ajmer, Pali and Bhilwara towns of Rajasthan for efficient management of drinking water is likely to be completed by October 2. The audit is set to evolve the much-needed balance between demand and supply and improve the delivery of water to consumers.

State Additional Chief Secretary (Water Resources) Ram Lubhaya reviewed the works as part of the water audit at a meeting at Jal Bhavan here on Wednesday. He asked the department engineers to pay heed to the local demands for regulating water supply in different areas.

‘Useful method'

Mr. Lubhaya said the suggestions of experts should be considered at regular meetings of the department and steps taken to assess the demand and supply, besides making projections for the future. “Water audit is the most useful method for getting an idea about the quantity and leakage.”

Superintending Engineers from the four towns, providing details of the ongoing works, said each drop of water from its origin to the supply would be accounted for even after the audit exercise is completed.

They said the water audit would finish by October 2, marking Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary.

Water Resources Department officers attending the meeting said the audit would reduce leakage of water and help generate more revenue through water supply. Information about steps to reduce expenditure on power by improving the efficiency of pumping machinery was also provided at the meeting.

Among others, Public Health Engineering Department's Chief Engineer (Rural) Vinay Kumar Mathur, Chief Engineer (Administration) Ramraj Meena and Chief Engineer (Headquarters) Hemant Narang attended the meeting.