Water sold here at Rs 5 a pot

Kolar reels under acute water scarcity this summer

World Water Day observed on Tuesday with the motto “water management in urban areas” seems to be of little consequence for the district under drought for over decades. With no supply of piped water, residents are dependent on tankers.

However, tanker water too has become unsafe as tanker owners do not clean them regularly. Some have even found worms. But people fear to complain as that would deprive them even of the contaminated water. With no other go, people now purchase water from owners of private borewells.

The municipal water supply system has gone haywire and consequently citizens too have not been keen on paying water tax. The condition in villages is no better though it is the villages which have become source of water for urban areas.

Several loopholes were found in the proposals for implementation of drinking water schemes last year. The officers concerned had submitted the proposals without adhering to guidelines. And perhaps residents are now bearing the brunt.

The genesis of the problem could also be traced to poor attention given to rejuvenation of water bodies and clearing encroachments of tanks. This has resulted in heavy dependence on borewells, with ground water reaching alarming depth. The water found at deeper levels has been found to be harmful for human health.

To add insult to injury, the office of the senior geologist has no staff to test and certify the quality of borewell water. The district administration has a preliminary report on supplying water to 45 villages under second phase of the Markanedya reservoir scheme, and to 42 villages from S Agrahara tank. The approval is awaited. With all the schemes still in the pipeline, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel for the present.

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