They survive on water tankers...

For example – the K Mohan & Company (Exports) Pvt Ltd - in Hongasandra campus. The company spends an average of Rs 1.3 lakh every month only on purchasing water.  
“Our company was started in 2001, and ever since we are buying water from tankers at Rs 250 per tanker. There is no borewell in the locality and every drop of water utilised for dye washing, drinking and in the toilets is purchased,” said Suresh, HR manager. 

He said the company also owns a ladies hostel in the same premises and they spend Rs one lakh a month on water towards the hostel’s requirements.

Another major garment industry, Page Industries, a licensee of Jockey International Inc (US) spends around Rs 1.9 lakh in buying water for all non-potable purposes. “We do not use borewell water in this area since we have realised that the investment in sinking a borewell will go waste. Instead, we prefer buying water from our regular water tankers,” said an officer of the administration department.

For potable use, the company has set up RO (Reverse Osmosis) water plants in the premises to make sure that the tanker water supplied, irrespective of its quality, is filtered and used for potable purpose. The company makes sure to test water every month at a private testing laboratory to ensure the safety of their 7,000 employees, he added.

Bommanahalli also has many schools with boarding facility for students. The Oxford Educational Institutions provides boarding facility for their students. “At least 5,000 students study in our school and college and nearly 300 of them reside in the hostel. We own tankers which transport water round the clock. We spend Rs 400 to purchase water which is supplied through these tankers. On an average we require 30 water tankers a day. And again, we buy drinking water separately,” said Munish from the institute’s administration wing.

Hospitals in this area are also the worst hit. The Kavya Hospital spends nearly Rs 60,000 on non-potable water. “We have a borewell on our premises, but it dried three years ago and since then, we are purchasing water through tankers. We need at least five tankers of 6,000 litres a day.  We purchase mineral water, which is bought at the price of Rs 20,000 per month,” said Mahesh, a staff at the hospital.

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