Residents of Cortalim threaten to stir up water supply | Goa News


Panaji: Plagued by water problems, residents of Cortalim have now threatened to take to the streets in protest if regular supplies are not restored. Residents said that while their taps go dry, nearby areas of Vasco, Dabolim, Mormugao and surrounding areas are receiving a continuous water supply.
“There has been a shortage of water for months now, however, for the past few days there has been absolutely no water supply due to problems with the filtration system. If the department finds it so difficult to solve this problem, he can show residents the location of the valves – which we can responsibly open and close,” said former sarpanch Raymond DeSa.
“There are commercial establishments, offices, the market and public toilets in Cortalim. In recent days, these toilets had to be closed for lack of water and a stench is coming from the toilet bowls. It poses a danger to our health,” said one of the residents.
Many areas face low water pressure due to which their above ground reservoirs fail to fill, forcing residents to store water, which runs out after a period of time.
“There are solutions to this problem, such as PWD providing water via tankers until the supply is restored. However, we are also deprived of it. In such a situation, we will have no choice but to go out into the streets and hold a dharna,” said one resident.
Meanwhile, blaming the water shortage on a problem with incoming supply from Selaulim Dam, a PWD official told TOI,
“Previously, more than 80 MLD of water was released, which has now dropped to around 65 MLD. The water supply will be restored in a few days.
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