MCC withdraws water rationing system, restores daily supply

Finally, Mangalureans can heave a sigh of relief, as Mangaluru City Corporaiton (MCC) will restore daily supply of drinking water from Wednesday. With this, the MCC has revoked water-rationing system that had been effective from March 20.

Mayor Kavitha Sanil told reporters here that following rains in some parts of the district, there has been an improvement on the water front. Hence, it was decided to restore normalcy, with the available water sufficient to meet the requirements up to one month. With the onset of rainy season in June, the situation is expected to better further, she said.

5 metres
The mayor said that water level at Thumbe vented dam, the main source of drinking water to MCC limits, is expected to touch five metres by Thursday morning, with additional water released from AMR dam at Shambhoor. On Wednesday, the water level was recorded at 4.22 metres while at AMR, it was 4.49 metres.
The mayor attributed the success in evading crisis like situation to water rationing.

Following the fast depleting water level, MCC had introduced water rationing from March 20, supplying water for 36 hours and stopping the supply for 48 hours, followed by change in schedules till recently, when water was being supplied continuously for four days and stopped for two days.

Water arrears
Efforts are being made to collect arrears towards water bills, with over Rs 6 crore still pending from the past two years from Surathkal and surrounding areas. While Rs 5.24 crore is pending from 19,668 consumers in Surathkal area comprising domestic and industrial connections spread over 11 wards (from ward one to 11), Rs 76.56 lakh is pending in Mulki, Rs 50 lakh from Ullal, Rs 18 lakh from Bala and Rs 5.05 lakh from Chelar.
 

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