Pulwama, Oct 19: The residents of Dogam area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district have urged the authorities to address their problem of potable water crisis urgently.
The residents said that the filtration plant in their locality, meant to provide potable water, has never been functional.
According to the locals, the non-operational filtration plant has compelled them to consume contaminated water, which poses a serious threat of waterborne diseases in the area.
Despite the construction of a water supply scheme in 2007 to cater to Dogam and Ratnipora villages, the filtration plant remains inactive, said Nazir Ahmad, a local. He said that during the rainy season, the situation worsens, forcing residents to consume muddy water due to high turbidity levels.
The locals said that complaints to higher authorities have yielded no results, leaving them without access to clean drinking water.
The situation has raised concerns among the residents who fear outbreaks of waterborne diseases due to the contaminated water supply. They have requested the concerned authorities to address the matter promptly and alleviate their suffering.
An official from the Jal Shakti Department acknowledged the problem, attributing it to a leakage in the filtration tank.
He assured that the leakage issue would be rectified promptly. The area will receive clean and filtered water without further delay, he said.