Khong Khola River
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Water Supply Projects
During dry season when the water supply of Darjeeling from Senchal lake becomes short, water is often pumped from Khong Khola to the town. The Darjeeling Municipality has recently submitted proposals for four drinking water projects to the government which includes the construction of water reservoirs in order to ensure a safe drinking water security to the local citizens. These are:
Sindhap Ground Reservoir
Rungdung Khola Water Project
This project is estimated to a cost of Rs 4.6 crore.
Khong Khola Water Project
This project is estimated to a cost of Rs 20 lakh.
Senchal lake Water Reservoir
This project is estimated to a cost of Rs 1.4 crore.
Drinking Water Problem in Darjeeling
Natural springs in the Senchal Range provide most of Darjeeling's water supply. Water collected is routed through stone conduits to two lakes that were constructed in 1910 and 1932, from where it is piped to the town after purification at the Jorebungalow filtration plant.
However, there is a steadily widening gap between water supply and demand; just over 50% of the town's households are connected to the municipal water supply system. Various efforts made to augment the water supply, including the construction of a third storage reservoir in 1984, have failed to yield desired results.