DJB forms cell to check water leak

In a bid to cut down on the loss of water under its entire network to help meet the ever-increasing demand in summer, the Delhi Jal Board has set up ‘Leak Detection Investigation Cell’.

This cell has been launched with a mandate to detect surface leakages as well as underground leakages across Delhi, said Delhi Jal Board (DJB). Apart from saving water, the scheme will also reduce contamination of water.

The ‘Leak Detection Investigation Cell’ has directed to identify all the leakages within next three months. “This will also lead to reduction of non-revenue water,” the Board said.

Under the initiative, special teams with modern equipment have been constituted to conduct a pan Delhi survey to detect and rectify both underground and surface leakages.

“Special focus will be on conducting surveys of the vulnerable areas which are prone to leakages. The survey for detecting hidden leakages will be carried out during night hours under the supervision of executive engineer in-charge,” it said.

Intensive driveThe CEO of DJB has ordered an intensive drive to root out leakages from the Board’s entire network.

“Intensive training on detecting hidden leakages through latest equipment is being provided to the staff deployed with the Leak Detection Cell. Entire Delhi has been divided into sectors with one team being incharge of that sector,” said DJB. 

“The team will visit their respective pre-notified areas when water is supplied in the morning and evening hours to detect surface leakages and will take steps to repair on the same day,” it added.

“Based on various studies by the consultants of international repute, it was found that leakages through old distribution mains and house service connections lead to substantial water loss.”

While the surface leakages can be identified easily and rectified immediately, leakages under the ground in the consumers’ service connections are difficult to trace and can also lead to water contamination as dirty water can enter the pipeline through the leaking points.

The DJB is in the process of implementing the Summer Action Plan for 2015 to meet the water demand during the summer months.

“The board has also taken various steps to ensure sustainable water supply this summer. The DJB, with limited raw water availability, is focusing on efficient water management to ensure equitable water distribution in Delhi,” the Board said.

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