Water Scarcity in Lehra Gaga Shariq Majeed Tribune News Service Lehra Gaga (Sangrur), May 16 With mercury continuing to rise every passing day, residents of Lehra Gaga in Sangrur district are grappling with water shortage.Locals say not only are they face water shortage every 2-3 months, especially during summer, but even when the water is supplied, it is laden with high fluoride content resulting in fluorosis. “In many areas of the town, water is supplied from Sanktiwala Rajwaha. It is treated in a treatment plant managed by the Water Works Department. For at least 2-3 months in a year, the department concerned repairs and cleans Rajwaha. This results in shortage of water,” says Kewal Krishan Singhla, a resident. “We cannot drink water from tube wells since it has a very high content of harmful minerals like fluoride that results in fluorosis. In our area, around 30% population is suffering from this disease”. Another resident, Sneh Lata, says: “There is shortage of water, especially during summer when the temperature is high. Since water is needed for every domestic activity and for drinking, we have to suffer a lot. We don’t use water from tubewells for drinking purpose as it has high fluoride content.” A doctor on condition of anonymity confirmed that fluorosis - skeletal fluorosis wherein adults suffer from backaches and joint pains, and dental fluorosis in children resulting in discolouration of teeth and their decay - is quite common in the area. Municipal Council president Shiv Kumar Kauharian said they had proposed a water pipeline from Nadampur canal for the township. He added that presently they were drawing water from Sanktiwala Rajwaha and eight tube wells. “There is break in supply of water from Rajwaha sometimes when the department cleans it or makes repairs. It is at this time that there is shortage of water for the township. Water from the tube wells is not fit for drinking as it has high fluoride content,” he said.