Paani Foundation is a not-for-profit company set up in 2016 by the team of the TV series Satyamev Jayate to fight drought in rural Maharashtra. Water scarcity is largely a man-made condition, and we believe that only people’s efforts can solve the crisis. Paani Foundation aims to harness the power of communication to mobilise, motivate and train people in this mission to eradicate drought. Offering training in scientific watershed management, leadership and community-building, Paani Foundation is now working in roughly 90% of drought-hit Maharashtra. Our flagship project, the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup was instituted in 2016 as a way to encourage villages to apply their training in watershed management. Water Cup 2018 will be held from 8th April to 22nd May 2018.
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In view of the conservation of the precious water, government’s initiative to have a metered water supply is definitely commendable.
However, in case of the flat owners of the co-operative housing society, the situation is bit tricky and complex.
1. The yearly charge for the water levied by the corporation/municipality is generally borne equally by the flat owners.
2. However, the other variable expenses relates to lifting of the water to the top floor tank. This is electricity pumping expense.
3. The lifted water is supplied to the flat owners using gravitational force.
4. The consumption of water by a particular flat owner directly depends upon the number of occupants in the flat.
5. The electricity bill charges of the lifting of the water to the top is never shared proportionately to the actual consumption of the water of flat owners.
6. This is generally a moot point in the hot discussion of the meetings of co-operative housing society.
7. The present system of the building of structure of the co-operative housing society does not foresee these complications and do not provide the facility for providing separate water meter to every flat owner. As a matter of abdunent precaution, vertical wing wise common mater cock is generally provided on the top floor, but this doesn’t serve the purpose of measuring water consumption of individual flat owners.
8. I would like to request you to arrange to include a provision, in the Co-operative Society Act itself, mandatory & compulsory, to construct the building in future to make available such separate water meter provision for every flat.
9. There should be a provision to share the water lifting electricity charges EQUALLY or in the ratio of the flat area.
10. In addition to this , there should be a provision to bear the water charges, including water tanker cost, if incurred, in the RATIO of the consumed water as per the water meter reading taken , say, after six months.
10. As a non-engineering person & a lay man I do not understand the complication & implications of changing the plan to suit to this need.
I await your reply on my suggestion.
DATTANAND RAMCHANDRA KULKARNI
9, PUSHKAR LIC HOUSING SOCIETY,
CHINTAMANI COLONY, INDIRA NAGAR,
NASHIK 422009 (MAHARASHTRA)