TAMENGLONG, April 21 – The Manipur Government PHE department has started to implement the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRWP) in Tamenglong areas with a targeted water supply of 55 litres per head per day within a radius of 100 metres of the said water supply schemes.
An official source said that 80 per cent of the diseases in the world are water-borne and 13 million people die in a year due to water-borne diseases.
The best way to maintain water security is to preserve forests in the water catchment area. Ten years back water was available in plentiful in all places but now scarcity of water is well known to everyone. Another method to have sustainable drinking water in Tamenglong is to harvest rain water and construct check dams, the source said.
The 7.55 lakh population of Imphal and sub-urban areas require 101.9 million litres of water per day, the PHE sources said. Efforts are on to bridge the gap as the actual production from 17 water supply plants is hardly 70 MLD against its installed capacity of 101.3 MLD.