The absence of drinking water problem at the housing colony of the National Housing Development Corporation Limited (NHDCL) in Toribari, which has been going on for more than a month now, has been finally solved.
The Phuentsholing Thromde has replaced the water pump which was installed in Pekarzhing reservoir tank this week which supplies water to the housing colony. It has been more than a month the residents of the colony have suffered without drinking water.
Thromde’s Chief Engineer Lobzang said the old water pump was replaced recently.
“Due to frequent power blackout, the pump became defunct. It took time to replace the machine which comes from south India. A pump could cost around Nu 0.3mn. We could procure few pumps, which won’t get supplied instantly,” he said.
There are two bore-wells from where the water is pumped and supplied to the colony. Also, the disruption along the pipelines by landslides is another challenge for the Thromde to supply water continuously. It takes almost a four-kilometer journey to reach the colony from the pump house. The Thromde has now bypassed the pipes from landslides to avoid damages.
According to the Chief Engineer, the machine has a capacity to pump around 30,000 liters of water per hour which would be enough for 105 tenants in the colony. If the pumps function well, there won’t be any water problem.
“The Thromde has however continued to supply water from tankers twice a day in absence of water to the colony. It won’t be enough to wash clothes and take bath, but we assured that the water distributed from the tankers would be enough for drinking and cooking,” he said.
The tenants, meanwhile, have also formed a committee to solve such issues in the colony. The committee had resorted to supply temporary drinking water from the nearby stream. They collected Nu 300 per household for the temporary arrangement. The Thromde, however, supplied 12,000 liters of water to the tenants daily, mostly in the evening, during the crisis.
A Tshogpa, Pema Wangda, said the committee had informed the Thromde about the water crisis in May and only temporary measures were taken.
“We would like them to come up with permanent solutions,” he said.
“We have been facing problems without continuous water supply. We expect the Thromde to come up with permanent solutions,” a mother of two weeks old baby said.
Sangay Chophel, another tenant, said the drinking water being the most important thing should not be taken for granted.
“We have waited for the water and finally it came. We hope there would not be any problem in the future,” he said.
The Chief Engineer said the water issues will be solved in the Thromde within few years. The Thromde has plans to tap drinking water from the Amochhu for the town and from the Singye River for the residents of Pasakha.
“We have plans and we are waiting for the budget from the government,” he said.
Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing