Water Meters And High Tech Gadgets Reduce Losses In Yeola | Nashik News

Nashik: Villages benefiting from the regional water supply system are adopting technologies to help reduce water loss and recovery. This is why the program has been successful for 13 years in the arid taluka of Yeola.
The support of the villagers to pay the water tax was a key success factor. Village of Saygaon with 3,100 inhabitants and 165 water connections, has installed prepaid electronic water meters.
“Eight months ago we installed prepaid electronic meters and individual meter cards can be recharged from the gram panchayat office. Thus citizens get water for which they have already paid,” said former sarpanch Anita Khairnar mentioned.
The village has built a pipeline to ensure there is no illegal water abstraction. Eight months ago, the village was consuming 7 lakh liters of water per week. This consumption has fallen to less than 5 lakh liter per week.
“Tap water has always been a dream for us. Standing in the scorching heat without shelter for hours was the only way to get drinking water. All family members had to be present to ensure maximum water availability. Now that’s a thing of the past. We have running water,” 65-year-old Kesharbai Kuldhar mentioned.
The small village of Nandesar also ensures that the water supply fees are paid. “Since we started receiving water through the program, we have never missed our payment in the past 13 years. The key is that we collected Rs 1,000 as a deposit for each of the 100 connections and used it to expand the network,” said Subhash Waghle sarpanch of Nandesar, who has not had an election for 15 years. .
The 54-member panel is also taking steps to reduce expenses incurred in pumping water, supplying drinking water to villages.
The system pumps around 4.5 million liters of water per day, purifies it and provides water to beneficiaries. “We now have a 268 kv solar power plant being set up at a cost of Rs 1.64 crore. This will be connected to the grid as part of the net metering system and will help reduce energy consumption,” said Sachin Kalamkar, chairman of the panel.
District Guardian Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said the villagers are the “real architects” of the successful project. “The program is expanding and therefore needs to be modernized. A proposal of Rs 9.50 crore has been presented to Chief Engineer MJP for technical sanction,” Bhujbal said.

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