s Kashmir faces the harshest ‘chillai kalan’ in years, Valley residents are beset with new problems. Frozen taps and overhead water tanks have plunged the region into a water crisis.
In many areas of Srinagar city, even the water supply lines have frozen as the region has been witnessing sub-zero temperatures with mercury dipping to a record low.
“Since yesterday, we are facing water crisis as the pipes supplying water to the toilet and kitchen from the overhead tank have frozen,” said Zubair Ahmad of Lal Bazar area of Srinagar City.
In many areas of the city, people were forced to fetch water from water tankers made available by the authorities.
Some of the solutions being offered by plumbers to thaw the frozen water pipes include leaving faucets slightly open during the night, using a hair dryer or heat gun, putting heat tapes or hot towels on the affected area.