Having failed to supply safe drinking water through tankers and pipelines, public health and engineering department (PHED) minister Kiran Maheshwari on Sunday announced to supply reverse osmosis (RO) treated water in jars to families getting contaminated water.

The announcement was made during her inspection at Shiv Shankar Vihar and Ganesh Vihar colonies after local residents expressed their apprehension to drink water supplied through tankers. “Water jars of 20 litres will be supplied to the families which are facing problem of contaminated water. Local councillor, assistant engineer and a member of resident welfare society will distribute the jars accordingly after evaluating requirement and seeing the number of family members,” said Maheshwari.

The move came after cases of diarrhoea and vomiting were reported in Shiv Shankar Vihar and other nearby colonies. She directed the officials to identify land for constructing overhead tanks to supply drinking water after the residents apprised her that water pipelines in the area are more than 20 years old and in dilapidated condition.

“Directions have been given to replace the dilapidated pipelines and construct overhead tanks where pipelines are too deep,” added an official During inspection, the minister put two engineers on awaiting posting order (APO) for allegedly showing lackadaisical approach in collecting water samples. The minister also visited government hospitals to meet patients who were admitted after drinking contaminated water. It was informed in recent past more than 59 residents have fallen sick and admitted in these hospitals. She directed the doctors not to discharge any patient till the time they completely recover.”The 17 patients admitted in J K Lon, 37 in Jaipuria and five in SMS hospital are completely out of danger. They will soon be discharged after providing necessary treatment,” added an official. As chocked sewerage lines are major reason for contaminated water, the minister directed JMC to clean all the blockages in the area. Moreover, directions were also given to clean all the drinking water tanks in the area. JDA officials were directed to inform PHED when any sewerage or water pipeline is broken.The minister also appealed the residents to complain on call centre numbers – 1800-180-6088 and 0141 2561423 to report about contaminated water problem in any area.