TN to plug illegal water supply

The Tamil Nadu government has implemented a centralised city water supply network system for Chennai and other cities to stop wastage of drinking water and to check illegal supply.

The latest General Packet Radio Service /Global System for Mobile Communications-based network will be installed in all the water sources across the state to access actual capacities, drawing of water from sources and quality of water.

With the system, officials will be able to monitor the drawing of water from the different sources and the quantum distributed to various parts of the city from the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board  headquarters.

According to the plan, the system would display live data such as water level, turbidity (foreign particles) and residual chlorine values and would have the capability of displaying images, processed reports, charts and tables of various formats on a single-screen, LCD display system at the headquarters. The system would also have the capability for storage of all data generated and printing of reports.

The government initiative comes against the backdrop of excess water usage by industrial units  against the permissible limits.

"The approximate cost of the project will be around Rs 2 crore," the official added.
The new equipment is also expected to monitor the ongoing projects such as storage level of lakes and reservoirs under the Telugu Ganga Project.

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