DEOGARHEven as temperature soars in the district with each passing day, there seems to be no respite from water crisis for people of Deogarh Municipality area comprising 11 Wards.
The water demand of the town is 3.5 MLD against supply of 2.1 MLD. This forces the residents to use every drop of water judiciously. At present, only five Wards - 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 - are fortunate enough to get water supply while the rest of the Wards are partly covered by the PHED. It includes domestic pipe connection besides supply through 171 stand posts. While one MLD water is supplied from the treatment plant at Pradhanpat, the rest 1.1 MLD is drawn from 11 deep borewells. This apart, there are 186 tubewells in the municipality area.
Locals said about five years back, piped water supply has come down from thrice a day to twice and that too for 45 minutes. The authorities claimed that water is being supplied for 75 minutes. Assistant Engineer of PHED Netrananda Sahu said there is a proposal to draw water from Rengali Dam project at Gadpal in Tileibani block of the district. Although administrative approval has been accorded since November 28, 2013, no headway has been made on the matter so far, he added.