Drought in parts of India, car washing restricted

Some 25 car washes in Pune, India were either fined or warned because they were using drinking water for their operation. Local authorities have restricted water use because of continuous drought, we learn from a news article in the Hindustan Times.

The city of 6 million inhabitants (previously known as Poona) lies in the Maharashtra state in Western India. El Nino has struck hard in this part of the Asian country. Water shortages due to lack of rain in Puna have led to strict measurements by the local government.

Until the end of August both inhabitants and companies should restrict their water use as much as possible. May is among the hottest months of the year, with temperatures rising up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (44°C) and more.


If they use water, car washes will get a warning by the authorities. If they go over the line a second time, they can look forward to a fine of ₹5,000 (€56). When carwashes are caught using drinking water a third time, their water supply will be cut short.

Aniruddha Pawaskar, chief superintendent engineer of water supply department, said to the Hindustan Times: “After the action and surprise check, washing centres have stopped using drinking water for cleaning vehicles. Besides that, we have taken decided to impose water cuts every Thursday.”

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Author: Rene Passet

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