Domestic Water Supply

Understand the water supply system in India and the different providers involved…

Water shortages are not uncommon during the summer. Most buildings have wells, tanks or bore wells to supply water. Water, in the same way as electricity, is regulated by the state. The procedure for applying for a water connection is similar to that for an electricity connection. A formal application has to be made at the regulatory water supplier of the residential complex. This will be to the public works department, estate-corporation or municipality of the area, depending on the authority in charge of the water supply.

The water connection will probably be in the landlord’s name, since the owner of the house or building is the person who must request a connection. A monthly water charge may be added to the rent or the landlord may pass the water bill on.

In many cities, there are dozens of private companies that deliver water. This is because municipal water supplies may not always be available or may be contaminated. For this reason, some residences have their water delivered in a tanker, which fills the sump or well.

The tap water in India has to be purified before it can be drunk. A water purifier can be bought at any store selling major appliances. Bottled water is also available in water cooler-sized containers and can be bought from corner shops (which will also deliver) or from specialised companies.

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