Hyderabad to Get Water ATMs Soon
Chilled potable water will be sold through kiosks in Hyderabad, modelled on the lines of cash-dispensing automated teller machines (ATMs) of banks
A proposal to this effect was mooted by Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) managing director B Janardhan Reddy during a review meeting in the city on Monday.
The water board chief directed officials to work out the proposal of installing water ATMs, wherein pedestrians could get a litre of chilled water for Re 1.
In another move, the water board has decided to draft women self-help groups (SHGs) for collecting water dues from defaulters, create awareness among people on conservation of water and monitor delivery of free tankers. The MD also stressed on the need for conservation of water as the HMWS&SB was bringing water from long distances -- Nagarjunasagar (110 km) and Yellampally (186 km) -- to the city.
In view of depleting groundwater in the city, the official said 1,000 rain water harvesting structures would be put in place during the 100-day action plan.
He directed the officials to change water connections of lodges, hotels, hostels and other commercial establishments from domestic to commercial immediately. "If officials fail to do so, then action will be initiated against the erring employees," the MD warned.
The water board would start the crackdown from Sanjeevareddy Nagar, officials said.
Source: The Times of India