The tap water supply to Mapusa that was disrupted for past few days was on Wednesday restored.
Around 14.5 MLD water was received which was distributed. However, many residents were not happy and complained that the supply was not sufficient.
Various parts of Mapusa received regular tap water supply giving relief to residents who were relying on water tankers since the last few days to meet their day-to-day needs.
Some residents raised concern over the duration and pressure of the water supplied with some claiming that they received water supply for 15 minutes while others said that they received tap water for an hour.
Residents of many residential complexes and buildings complained that though water was supplied in the morning to houses and had a normal pressure they received inadequate water.
Tejesh Gadekar, a resident of housing board colony said, “Today we received regular water supply in the morning and water pressure was also normal. We are happy but we hope this continues so that residents don’t have to bear more hardships.”
“We received water for around 15-20 minutes in the morning and pressure was ok but it should continue,” added a Dattawadi resident.
While residents of some areas like Ansabhat, Khorlim, Shelpem and other areas on higher terrain had to still undergo hardship due to pressure.
Khorlim resident Rasika Narvekar informed, “In the morning water came for hardly 15 minutes and then supply stopped following which all of us approached the PWD office to inquire and the engineer told us that he will check the pipeline tomorrow.”
“Our problem still persists as we have to wait for water tankers to get water to meet our needs,” added Narvekar.
Councillor Tushar Tople said, “14.5 MLD water was released but it is not sufficient as Mapusa needs 17 MLD water every day. There is a need to put in place a proper action plan to deal with the water problem.”
MMC chairperson Ryan Braganza informed, “Today water supply was received and same should continue and problem needs to be resolved. PWD should have a system in place wherein people are aware when water is being released so that there is a system in place as in absence of information, panic is created.”
“To resolve the water issue, the council had taken resolutions including one to have a dedicated line for Mapusa which PWD needs to execute to resolve the water problem,” added Braganza.