Residents face acute drinking water shortage

ERODE: The residents of a number of colonies in Periya Semur municipality here are facing acute drinking water shortage.

An ordeal:Many colonies in Periya Semur Municipality, Erode district, are experiencing severe water scarcity. — PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

The frequency of water supply stretched from a minimum of two days to 10 days in many residential areas. “Sometimes, we get water once in 15 days. Many of us are forced to fetch water from distant places and also buy water from private suppliers,” residents complain.

It is very common to see women from the poor families fetching water from distant locations. “We cannot afford to buy water from the private suppliers. So, we use the push carts to carry the water pots,” women point out.

The municipality had earlier provided water supply once in two days. The piped water supply would be maintained for at least two to three hours or even for four hours on weekends and on holidays. However, for the past few months, the duration gradually reduced and the supply restricted to an hour or 30 minutes depending on the quantum of water stored in overhead tanks.

The problems in the drinking water supply network of the municipality and rampant illegal tapping of water were said to be the major reasons for the shortage. The leaks and pipeline damages at many parts were yet to be attended.

Similarly, the officials were yet to initiate concrete action against the persons and commercial establishments, which were illegally tapping water from the local body’s pipelines.

“The commercial establishment, particularly eateries, were using motor pumpsets to tap from the pipelines. This had severely affected the water supply in the tail-end areas,” people pointed out.

Residents urged the municipal administration to initiate immediate steps to sort out the problems in the water distribution network and ensure adequate supply of water.

Officials of the local body, however, maintained that they were providing sufficient supply of drinking water to the people.

From THE HINDU

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Salem: Water shortage affects people in Ammapet Zone

They get only one or two pots of water a week

Inadequate supply: Residents of Vaiyapuri Chetty Street in Ammapet in Salem on Sunday form a serpentine queue behind a tanker lorry that supplies water to them. - Photo: P. Goutham

SALEM: Getting just a pot of water has become an ordeal for the residents of Vaiyapuri Chetty Street in ward 38 in Ammapet Zone in the city.

Once a week or fortnight, a water tanker brings water for them. But it is not sufficient.

They claim that they will be supplied with one or two pots at the maximum.

“How can we live with just two pots of water for a week?” asked a woman.

They say they are cursed people. “Whenever Corporation chooses to supply water through pipeline, power cuts will deter the supply,” said another.

Thus the 150 weaving families are leading a life of much struggle, searching for water every day.

Many of the children and women spend most of their time for it, which has become a precious commodity.

They demand more water for themselves, to meet their needs. The people urge the civic body to redress their genuine grievances as early as possible.

From THE HINDU

Hyderabad: Water problem gets worse in city

Hyderabad: A demonstration with empty pots may be an annual ritual for public representatives, but for many residents in the State capital they are becoming a harrowing fact. With summer peaking, the elixir of life is getting scarcer by the day. Notwithstanding what the Water Board says, the supplies have suddenly turned short and erratic.

DESPERATE SITUATION: A migrant worker tries to collect water from a leaking main line for his daily needs on the Banjara Hills Road.

Complaints of insufficient supplies are pouring in from several areas. “We are getting water alright but it is very meagre,” is the refrain. Some areas are experiencing the problem of supplies suddenly stopping without notice. For instance, in parts of Nehru Nagar in East Marredpally several houses went without water for two days recently.

Crisis in Malkajgiri

The situation in Malkajgiri is simply worse. Nearly 40 per cent of the area is getting water once in 10 days, forcing residents to depend on tankers. The problem has arisen due to supplies stopping from the Defence Colony reservoir consequent on water level in the Singur reservoir dropping. The other reservoir at Gowthamnagar gets Krishna water. “We tried to represent the problem to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, the other day when he visited A.S. Rao Nagar, but we were not allowed to meet him. In fact the police beat up women who wanted to submit a representation,” said B.T. Srinivasan, vice president, United Federation of Residents Welfare Association.

Situation acute

Same is the case in the surrounding localities. The problem is more acute in parts of the old city like Sultan Shahi, Gowlipura, Lal Darwaza, Uppuguda and Lalitabagh. The main problem here is of low pressure. Recently the supply was switched to alternate day. “But now it is restored”, says Adil of Falaknuma.

In interior areas like Bandlaguda, Hashamabad, Errakunta one can see residents fetching water from far off places. The area being hilly, houses here have problem getting water. As such, some residents have constructed sumps at lower levels to collect water. In peripheral areas too, it is an endless struggle for water. Long rows of empty pots are a regular feature here.

From THE HINDU

Salem follows chennai way

Salem: People follow the chennai way to bring water to salem for all basic purpose. I personally seen Water Tank Lorries making their way to salem to get water for people’s basic needs.  Only this year Salem is seeing such a worst climate disaster, bringing more heat as high as 40 degree celcius and the ground water level has gone down. Due to this, there is a shortage of drinking water supply, which brings people to suffer more.

Water: Harsh summer for north, west Bangalore

For the water storage level, that increases annually during the months of August, September and October, has dropped drastically. The storage capacity of the reservoir, located in the downstream of Hesarghatta lake, is 74 feet but the level was hovering at a mere 28 feet, nine inches feet on Saturday. “The month of August is over and half of September too has gone. There has been no appreciable increase in the storage levels. It is during these two months and October that the reservoir’s levels shoot up,” said  a top official.

The areas in Rajaji Nagar, Kamala Nagar, West of Chord Road, Vijayanagar, Nagarbhavi and parts of Yelahanka will bear the brunt of the decreased levels in the reservoir, during the coming summer, he added.

The reasons are not far to seek; absence of rains in the catchment areas of Nelamangala, Doddaballapur, Sivaganga and Nandi Hills. “The last three days have shown a minor improvement but that is just not enough,” the official said.

While the increase in water level is usually 500 million cubic feet (mcft) during each of these three months in the preceding years, the level has gone up by a mere 20 mcft for the month of August, this year.

“The inflow into the reservoir is very poor this time. The annual increase that ranges between 1,500 mcft to 2,000 mcft appears to be a distant prospect this time around. Even last year, it had increased well above 1,500 mcft by the end of October,” he informed.

The year 2008 was a good year for the reservoir as the water had touched a four-year high of 40-feet in October that time, thanks to copious rains. The reservoir, located 35 kms from the City towards Magadi, supplies 70 million litres of water to Bangalore on a daily basis. This is a crucial supplement to the 810 million litres of Cauvery water supplied daily by the Thoraikkadanahalli reservoir. TG Halli mainly caters to the needs of northern and western parts of Bangalore.

Inaugurated in the year 1933, the reservoir is located at the confluence of the Arkavathi and Kumudvathi rivers. It used to be the only source of water supply to the City during that era.

From Deccan Herald

Water – China – For Water Shortage, Sea water is the solution

China turns to the sea to solve growing problem of water shortages

NEW DELHI – Recent reports indicate that China is turning to the sea to solve the growing problem of water shortages afflicting the country and cut utility costs as well.

For example, a pilot project that uses seawater to flush toilets in a residential part of the famous brewery city of Qingdao in Shandong province will be extended after receiving official approval in June.

Another section of the coastal city is experimenting with using seawater in an air conditioning system for apartments, at public gyms and in swimming pools.

Now, calls are being made to increase the number and size of desalination plants that treat seawater to provide for more of the country’s needs for fresh water.

south china sea water

south china sea water

Residents of the Haizhiyun neighborhood of Qingdao were the first on the mainland to have their homes fitted with a system that uses seawater to flush toilets.

One of the residents, Li Tong, said he was delighted with the result, which he found more hygienic and economical.

“The salt water is so good. What’s more important, our monthly expenditure for water usage has been cut by a quarter,” he said.

Like 400 of China’s 600-plus cities, Qingdao suffers from acute shortages of water. One-third of household consumption of water is used to flush toilets.

The 800 residents in the pilot project only pay 0.7 yuan per ton for processed seawater, which is about one-third of the average price of tap water in the city.

If 50 percent of Haizhiyun residents – about 1,000 households – used seawater, they would save 378 tons of fresh water and save 110 dollars in water charges every day.

“We are so proud to introduce this eco-friendly project into our community,” said Xiao Shengyan, deputy general manager of Qingdao Longhai Group Co Ltd, the developer of Haizhiyun.

The seawater needs to be purified, disinfected and biochemically treated at a plant that cost 878,000 dollars. The government paid five-sixths of the price, and Quingdao Longhai Group paid the remainder.

“Although it cost us an extra 140 dollars per household to build dual flushing facilities inside each home, we will see a profit in 10 years, when fresh water will cost a lot more,” Xiao said.

Treated seawater is also used in the community swimming pool and can be used in domestic aquariums. (ANI)

By Taragana