Snag in T K Halli reservoir pumps hits City's water supply

Supply is likely to be restored on Thursday depending on the distribution schedule in different areas.

Areas of Hebbal, R T Nagar, Rajajinagar, Nandini Layout, Banaswadi, Yelahanka, HAL II and III Stage have been affected. While some streets in these areas were completely deprived of water certain streets managed to receive some water.

Due to electro-mechanical failure of some equipment used in pumping water at T K Halli (Cauvery II Stage) and Tataguni (III Stage) sub-stations the water supply from the reservoir was hit, said BWSSB sources.

“The technical term for the problem is called CT-flashover. To rectify the problem, pumps were switched off from 8.20 pm on Sunday to 4.55 am on Monday,” said a source.
A five-hour power disruption at T K Halli on Monday compounded their woes. Out of the 810 million litres per day (MLD) of water supplied from this reservoir to the City, which is located 100 kms from the City, 320 MLD is received through the III Stage, while 140 MLD is received through the II Stage. However, other parts of the City did not suffer disruption in water supply as the pumps in the I and IV Stage were functional.

Even as water supply was supposed to be restored on Wednesday there was intermittent pumping at all sub-stations due to a power crisis at T K Halli on the day, said a source.

“Our area received very less Cauvery water on Monday and Wednesday, the days when we get drinking water,” lamented C K Mari Madaiah, a member of Senior and Junior Citizens’ Welfare Association, HAL III Stage.

When questioned about restoration of water supply, an official remarked, “Bangalore experiences acute water and power crisis during summer. Hence, one cannot make any assurance.”
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