Chandigarh: The Haryana Government has formulated a rural water policy for the state for the year 2012 in order to save precious drinking water by preventing wastage due to unmetered connections and open taps.

A spokesman of the Public Health Engineering Department said that this policy has been formulated keeping in view the present scenario of wastage of water through unmetered connections provided to consumers in rural areas, which are being billed on a flat rate basis.

The policy reflects the resolve of the state Government to bring about conservation of water and prevent wastage and reduction in non-revenue water in rural areas of the state.

He said that under this policy individual household metered connections would be provided to 50 percent of the rural population by the end of 12th Five Year Plan.

Also, the consumers would be billed on the basis of volumetric consumption of water instead of flat rates, he added.

He said that the policy would be mandatory for all types of consumers namely domestic, commercial, industrial and institutional sectors in the private and semi-government premises.

He said that the policy would have the force of administrative regulations and it would bind all participant, stakeholders, and personnel to enforceable performance.

(Agencies)

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