Article courtesy of TNN | March 9, 2014 | The Times of India | Shared as educational material
Foul Smelling Green Water India
PUNE: Polluted water from the Mula river seeping into wells in Hinjewadi village has adversely affected the quality of drinking water supplied by the gram panchayat to around 40,000 people living in the village.
Hinjewadi village is located along the Mula river. Large parts of land in the village have been acquired for the Rajiv Gandhi Information and Technology Park.
Since a week ago, the villagers have been receiving green-coloured, foul-smelling water and the gram panchayat’s efforts to treat the water have failed. The water is supplied to villagers from two wells located on the river bank. A visit to the wells revealed the water in them and in the river has turned green.
Usha Chavan, a resident, said, “We started receiving green water from the gram panchayat. The supply has since been reduced to alternate days.” Her neighbours, Suman and Shaila Chavan, said
they have to store whatever water they get and use it for two days.
Vaishali Hulawale, another resident, said, “Our children started falling sick, so we switched over to using water from our borewell. But borewells will dry up in May. The gram panchayat must take steps to resolve this problem soon and give us potable drinking water.”
The women in the village said they have been using water filters for the tap water. “On Friday, the water from the tap was foaming. It was only towards the end we got some decent quality water,” another resident said.
Hinjewadi deputy sarpanch Shyamrao Hulawale said, “It is the first time the quality of water supplied by the gram panchayat has been affected. River pollution has increased and there is an urgent need to open the gates of the bunds on Mula river to make the water polluted by industrial effluents and sewage from upstream areas flow out.”
The gram panchayat has its own independent water supply scheme through which it supplies around 5 lakh litre water per day. It also gets 4.5 lakh litre water daily from the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). “The panchayat has two wells along the Mula river, from which it draws water and filters it at the filtration plant, before supplying it to the village. The river water has turned green in the last fortnight. We have not been able to improve the quality much in spite of using alum, and we were forced to reduce the amount of water drawn from these wells,” he said.
Hulawale said around five years ago, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation constructed a bund on Mula river at Wakad. Industrial effluents and sewage from upstream areas get blocked at the bund, which has increased the pollution
. “We have urged the state irrigation department to open the gates of the bunds, but the department expressed its inability to do so as it needs to impound water at the bunds to meet the agricultural and non-agricultural needs,” Hulawale said.
Water supply to the Rajiv Gandhi IT Park is not affected by the pollution of Mula river. The MIDC draws water from Pavana river at Punawale village and supplies it to the MIDC areas of Hinjewadi.