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Hyderabad Water Bill: More than half old city doesn’t pay it!

Hyderabad Water Bill: More than half old city doesn’t pay it!

Water Board is facing Rs.60 Crore loss a Month.

Hyderabad: 90 million gallons out of 350 MGD flows in divisions 1 and 2 that comprise Charminar, Malakpet, Chan-chalguda and areas south of the Musi.

Charminar, in division 1, has 92,000 connections and gets 50 MGD of water but not even 40,000 consumers pay their bills, many of the rest do so irregularly.

24 MGD is supplied to 1 lakh connections in LB Nagar, and 90 per cent of consumers pay their bills.

The board is having a tough time in collecting bills as staff fear to enter these areas, and consumers don’t allow the staff to disconnect supply.

The board’s percentage of non-revenue water that is supplied for which the Board does not get revenue has mounted to 40. This includes water leaking from pipelines.

The lost revenue to the board: Rs. 60 crore a month. Apart from this for pumping of the water itself, the board spends more than Rs. 25 crore per month.

Water Board director, operations and maintenance, G. Rameshwar Rao said the board was considering fixing district metering areas. This would group meters of a particular locality to measure the non-revenue water.

“We will get to know if the water supplied is matching the water consumed. If not, we will need to follow a protocol to check various sources of non-revenue water,” he said.