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Piped Water Connection by 2024

  • 18 Jun 2019
  • 2 min read

The Prime Minister has recently said that the government will provide piped water to every household in the next five years i.e. by 2024.

  • This is the 12th time that India has set a deadline to take water at the household-level.

Challenges

  • It would be an enormous exercise:
    • Some 8.43 million households, currently without drinking water facilities, have to be connected to piped water in the next five years.
    • Some 4,620 households would have to be added to the network every day for the next five years, at the rate of 40 litres per day.

  • India remains haunted by what is known as the “slippage” problem. It means villages/habitations covered with safe drinking water facilities slip back to 'not-covered' status due to various reasons that include drying up of the source or collapse of the facilities due to non-maintenances.
  • The quality of water sources — both surface and ground sources — is hardly suited to drinking. According to NITI Aayog, nearly 70 per cent of all of the country’s fresh water sources are contaminated.
  • Water, being a state subject, the scope of the centre's intervention is therefore limited.

Way Forward

  • There is an urgent need to create awareness among the people for the conservation of water.
  • The Jal Shakti Ministry needs to work with states to ensure piped water to every household in the country.
  • The sources as well as the quality of water in the country needs to be maintained on an urgent basis.
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