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Drinking water supply only on alternate days from Monday

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Faced with a severe depletion in the groundwater table in the wake of drought and a steep fall in yield from its sources on the Cauvery and the Coleroon, the Corporation on Friday announced that it will enforce a system of drinking water supply on alternate days in the city from Monday.

However, residents in wards 1 to 6 in Srirangam zone, which are served by a separate drinking water supply scheme, will continue to get daily supply - but once a day in the morning, instead of twice-a-day supply in the morning and evening in vogue.

Despite pressure on water managers, the Corporation has been maintaining daily water supply in 61 of the 65 wards although there were complaints from some areas about erratic and insufficient water supply.

Residents in wards 61, 62 and 63, which are among the five newly-added wards served by a water scheme of the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, were provided supply on alternate days only.

During the past few days, residents in some parts of the city such as Rockfort and Crawford resorted to protests and road blockades against inadequate water supply.

Corporation officials said despite monsoon failure, they have been managing to supply about 122 million litres of day (MLD) to the city in the past few months. The city is normally supplied about 138 MLD from the 10 head works of various drinking water schemes in the Cauvery and Coleroon rivers.

But, at the peak of the summer, the yield from the water sources dipped to 106 MLD.

Additional borewells

Subsequently, the Corporation took up a series of measures to sink additional borewells and clean up the radial arms of the existing pumping stations so as to augment supply.

However in the absence of rain, there has been shortage and in order to overcome the situation, the civic body has decided to provide supply on alternate days, Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran said.

Time for recouping

Officials said introduction of alternate day supply will help provide some time to recoup for water sources. Sources indicated that the Corporation plans to provide supply for about 60 to 90 minutes a day to residents in places where alternate day supply is in force. Since the water table at Srirangam Drinking Water Supply Scheme was relatively better, it had been decided to continue the daily supply, though restricted to once a day, in six wards.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/drinking-water-supply-only-on-alternate-days-from-monday/article19282379.ece

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