Brace up for more water shortage

Average water supply from T G Halli reservoir declines by 50 per cent

 The Thippagondanahalli reservoir could now supply only half of its average daily capacity.

The reservoir (T G Halli) supplies an average of 60 Million Litres per Day (MLD). This quantity supplements the 910 MLD supplied by the Thoraikadanahalli (T K Halli) reservoir to meet the City’s drinking water requirements.

According to the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board Chief Engineer T Venkataraju, the water supplied by T G Halli ranged just between 25 MLD to 30 MLD this week. “This is because the reservoir now has water only up to 16 feet against its capacity of 74 feet,” he informed.

The water storage in the gargantuan reservoir may deplete further by first or second week of May if the situation continues, and it may not be possible to draw any more water, Venkataraju cautioned. Water from T G Halli caters to the requirements of West Bangalore and parts of North Bangalore.

Meanwhile, the City continued to reel under drinking water scarcity even though the regular supply from the T K Halli reservoir has been restored.

 “This is because the sumps in houses have gone dry during the last three days when there was a total water shutdown. It will take a couple of days for the sumps to get filled,” he added.

Earlier in the day a small leakage occurred at a point near the newly- constructed wall at the open canal near T K Halli following the breach of a wall. A BWSSB spokesperson said the leakage has been plugged by strengthening the wall further.

Tanker dumps 6,000 litres of water

The City may be reeling under drinking water shortage but it clearly does not affect some individuals. In a shocking scene witnessed on Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, a private tanker wontonly emptied 6,000 litres of drinking water.

The running water on the street forced vehicles to ply slowly. When questioned, the driver of the vehicle, said the axle of the tanker had got cut. “Another vehicle will be coming now to tow away this one. It will be easy to tow away the tanker  if it is empty,” he explained. The water was on its way to Mallya Hospital, he added.

While the name of the concern was not specified on the lorry, calls to the contact numbers displayed on it revealed that it was `Netravati water supplier’. The cost of 6,000 litres of water here is Rs 450, explained a voice on the other end.

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