Big relief for Mala residents as PWD tackles water crisis
In what could be a big relief for Mala residents, the Public Works Department (PWD) has finally managed to contain the contaminated water flowing through water distribution lines, after toiling for nearly seven days.
Executive Engineer Division III, Dilip Dhavalikar on Sunday evening said that water samples tested yesterday have shown improvement in the water quality and while turbidity levels have dropped, the foul smell from the water supplied through the affected areas has also stopped.
“However we are not taking any chances and will continue the tests during the next few days until we are fully satisfied with the reports,” said Dhavalikar.
The water supplied to the areas of Cortim-Mala-Fontainhas continues to be restricted as PWD is on the job to ensure that the distribution lines are flushed out under high pressure.
“We are still supplying water through tankers and continue to advise people not to drink water without boiling it,” said the executive engineer.
Dhavalikar said that the next task before the PWD is to change the distribution lines in the area at the earliest as the PWD does not want to have such repeat incidents of contamination.
Asked whether the department was able to identify the problem area, he said that after isolating several points the department could only close in on an area near People’s High School and the Honda showroom room.
He said that PWD would continue checking water samples of around 30 houses at regular intervals during the week. [H]