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.
- 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.
- Currently, India is facing a water stressed situation, two major reasons being, drying reservoirs and dipping groundwater levels.
- It is to be seen from where the piped water supply scheme would draw water as currently the country is going through a water crisis situation.
- 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.
- 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.