Issue Date: Oct 31, 2009
contractors cut corners and often disregard technical specifications. Only two-thirds of the water put into the pipelines reaches the consumer. A series of defensive tactics are employed to address the leaks. Water utilities reduce the pressure in pipelines to curtail losses; they limit the hours of supply. At the other end, consumers resort to a range of strategies to best use intermittent supply at low pressure. Households install taps below the level of the feeder line. When that fails, electric water pumps illegally draw out each drop that’s there for the taking.
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