Chennai: This season too, priority will be given to water

CHENNAI: Come summer, water and its availability gains priority among city residents.

Individual water consumption usually increases from March to May. According to water managers, the consumption increases from 95 litres per capita per day (lpcd) to 100 lpcd in summer.

The dependability on different sources, including packaged drinking water and groundwater, also increases during these months.

MOOT POINT: Summer could spell water scarcity in some areas. — Photo: V. Ganesan

To cater to this need, Chennai Metrowater is gearing up to maintain its daily supply. The storage level in the reservoirs used for city supply is less by 1.6 thousand million cubic feet now compared to the same period last year.

However, officials of the water agency are confident that they would be able to offset the shortfall with water from Kandaleru reservoir and Veeranam tank.

The reservoir at Poondi has realised 1.87 tmcft of water since February when the water supply from the neighbouring State was resumed. Uthukottai, the inter-state border of Kandaleru Poondi Canal, received 650 cubic feet per second on Saturday from the neighbouring state, said Shiv Das Meena, Metrowater’s Managing Director.

Water storage at Veeranam tank is also slightly better than last year with 1.06 tmcft. On the supply reduced to 575-590 million litres a day from 640 mld since January, officials said it was one of the steps to save resources for summer. Metrowater has been regulating the pipeline valve operations to facilitate equitable water distribution to all consumers this summer.

More people seem to have started opting for packaged drinking water recently, going by the increase in demand. A.Shakespeare, General Secretary of Tamil Nadu Packaged Drinking Water Manufacturers Association, said there has been a rise in demand by 15 per cent in March.

“We usually sell more during mid-April when the demand increases by 20 per cent. But, this year people already have started feeling the heat. Increasing awareness about the product is also a reason,” he said.

The sale of packaged drinking water touched the maximum of 40-45 lakh litres a day during peak summer. This year, the unit holders expect sales to soar to 55 lakh litres per day.

The growing competition among the unit holders numbering nearly 220 in and around the city has helped in providing competitive price.

Of late, small scale industries have also gained impetus in bottled water distribution, which was dominated by major players. The sales of 1 litre pet bolttles have shot up three fold from 25,000 litres a day. Delivery of better quality products was cited as the reason. In suburbs where water supply is erratic residents plan to make do with groundwater and private tanker supply.K. Lakshmi – From THE HINDU

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Contaminated water supply in Shimla

Shimla, Feb.13 (ANI): Residents of Shimla are a worried lot these days following a contaminated water supply to their houses which has become a major health hazard. The administration says, the samples tested have been found okay.

Till now, over 200 patients, including tourists and locals, have been treated for viral infections due to consumption of contaminated water.

The problem has been continuing for last few days. Some locals fear that the water problem may affect the local tourism industry.

Shimla is a famous hill station, visited by honeymooners and others in large numbers.

The most affected areas being Shimla’s Vikasnagar, Kasumpti and New Shimla.

Over two dozen government and private hospitals in the area have registered cases of patients suffering from water-borne diseases like Hepatitis E and Jaundice.

Meanwhile, as per medical practitioners the rampant illness among people is due to consumption of contaminated water.

‘For the past 10-15 days we are receiving contaminated water supply. Drinking the dirty water is resulting in various kinds of viral infections like jaundice amongst the people in the area. Shimla is a tourist hub and people come here in large numbers especially during the winter season. But if the visitors come to know about this problem then it will affect the city’s tourism greatly. So, we want the local government to take immediate action regarding the same,’ said Sohan Singh, a local resident of Shimla.

The affected localities are supplied water from the Ashwani Khud drinking water scheme, managed by the Irrigation and Public

Health Department (IPH) and distributed by the Shimla Municipal Corporation.

Local administrative authorities, however, claim that all the water sources in the area are regularly tested and verified in different laboratories.

‘We are regularly testing the water sources, not just in labs here in Shimla but we have also got the samples tested in the government authorized laboratory in national capital Delhi. The water samples have been deemed safe for consumption. For the satisfaction of the locals, I have ordered that the water samples are tested on a regular basis,’ said Ravinder Ravi, Irrigation and Public Health minister of Himachal Pradesh.

Ravi blamed the local residents of certain areas like Vikasnagar for the problem saying it happens because they have not taken the sewage supply connection, which in turn, is contaminating the drinking water supplied in the area.

(ANI) – [NF] – By Hemant Chauhan – SindhToday

Drinking water supply affected due to lack of coordination

Between National Highways Authority of India, Virudhunagar Municipality

VIRUDHUNAGAR: An innocuous mistake in failing to “effectively” coordinate with the National Highways Authority of India officials by the Virudhunagar municipal officials has affected drinking water supply to the local body for months together.

Adding to the woes: Drawing of water from Ondipuli water body remains suspended for months owing to technical fault. — Photo: S. James

Even as the local body is managing to supply only half of the required quantum of water to the town, it is unable to draw water from Ondipuli water body as the pipe line has been frequently bursting ever since it was re-laid by the NHAI officials over a year back.

The result: the town is losing around six lakh litres of water daily even though the erstwhile quarry site has plenty of water. “We have water for around 80-foot deep, but are not able to draw it every day,” a councillor said.

Municipal sources said that the officials of the local body failed to inform the NHAI authorities about the pipeline running along the Madurai-Tirunelveli highway for around 6 km from near the district sports stadium up to Inamreddiyapatti junction. “When the roadside was dug up for widening, the pipeline was broken. After much struggle, we made them re-lay the pipeline, which was not properly supervised by our officials,” an insider said.

“The pipeline was laid on the rocky bed without providing any sand cushion. Besides, the alignment is not proper leading to frequent bursts,” the Chairperson, K. Karthik, said. He said that the Collector, Sigy Thomas Vaidhyan, has promised to allocate Rs. 50 lakh for re-doing the work on receipt of Drought Relief Fund.

A councillor said that the Ondipuli water would have provided some relief as water was being supplied only once in 8 to 9 days. “We are not getting the due share even from the Tamiraparani combined drinking water scheme. The designed supply should be 47 lakh litres per day. But, till date it has not crossed 25 lakh litres on a single day. It is highly undependable as it sometimes fails for two or three days,” he said.

However, the Chairman said that the town was in a better position these days, when compared to supply of water once in 21 days. “We are trying to put up some water treatment plants to treat ground water drawn from borewells and wells so that residents get tastier water,” she said. The Virudhunagar Municipal Engineer said that air-valves were being fitted to prevent bursting of pipelines and he expected that continuous supply of water would be possible from February 15. Residents feel that the problem should be set right before the summer sets in.

S. Sundar From THE HINDU

Salem: Steps taken to ensure adequate water supply: Collector

ATTUR: The administration has taken steps to sink more borewells in different parts of the district to ensure adequate supply of water to the people, Collector J. Chandrakumar has said.

He was speaking at the special mass contact programme held in Ottapatti village panchayat near here on Wednesday.

The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board has been instructed to identify the areas which are having water supply issues. A proposal will be sent to the State government to get funds and sink new borewells, which will help meet the growing water demand in various parts of the district, the Collector said.

Speaking on the features of Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam, the Collector said that the State government had taken up over 1.29 lakh development works in different parts of the district at a cost of Rs. 552 crore in the last four years. Of them, over 90,000 works had been completed. The implementation of the remaining works was progressing steadily. Over 3,000 works had been sanctioned to Peddanaickanpalayam block alone. Of them, 2,081 works had been completed and remaining works were being carried out, he said.

The government had taken up works such as formation of road, improvement of the burial ground, creation of sporting facilities, construction of a library and creation of a pond under the scheme in Ottapatti village panchayat, he added.

The Collector assured that all the eligible families in the village would be given free colour television sets.

Mr. Chandrakumar said that the government had introduced the Kalaignar Insurance Scheme for Life Saving Treatments particularly for the benefit of the families living below poverty line. Over 7.28 lakh people had been photographed for the distribution of identity cards under the scheme.

A total of 139 petitions were received from the village before the conduct of the mass contact programme. Of them, the grievances of 39 petitioners had been redressed. Senior officials were present in the programme.

From THE HINDU

Bangalore: Water treatment plant at T K Halli

French company, Degramont, will set up a water treatment plant at T K Halli at the cost of Rs 329 crore, to treat 500 million litres of water daily from the reservoir, said Narayana, Additional Chief Engineer (Cauvery), BWSSB. 
 
Speaking to reporters Narayana said the contract, part of the Cauvery Water Supply Stage IV, Phase II, had been awarded to the company on December 1. The company was already a part of the first phase of the project, he added.

The second phase is slated to be completed by 2011. The City presently receives 960 million litres of water per day from T K Halli and T G Halli reservoirs.  The completion of this project is expected to augment water supply to the City by 500 million litres per day.

Contracts have also been awarded to three different agencies to lay mild steel transmission pipelines from T K Halli to Gubbali, he said.

Contracts have also been awarded to construct reservoirs that will come up at Koodlu, Vadrapalya, Jumbo Savari Gudda, B Narayanapura, OMBR Layout, GKVK campus and Hoodi. Gammon India, Nagarajuna Constructions and IVRCL will construct them, he added.

From Deccan Herald

Tiruchi: No water supply

TIRUCHI: There will be no drinking water supply in the following areas in the Corporation limits on December 10 to undertake interlinking works near the G-Corner: Ariyamangalam; Melakalkandarkottai; Ponneripuram; Senthaneerpuram; Sangiliandapuram; Ponmalaipatti; Central Prison; Subramaniapuram; Airport; Sempattu; Kallukuzhi; Khajanagar; Khajamalai; Krishnamoorthy Nagar, Thondaiman nagar; Anbunagar etc. Supply will be resumed in these areas on December 11.

From THE HINDU

Chennai: Parts of Madurai district to get Cauvery water

When TWAD Board’s drinking water supply project becomes operational

81 MLD to be supplied to three municipalities, six town panchayats, 1,431 rural habitations

As many as 100 board officials have been deployed for project

CHENNAI: Parts of Madurai district, including Melur and Thirumangalam, are to get Cauvery water when the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board’s drinking water supply project, estimated to cost Rs.586 crore, is operational.

Under the project, 81 million litres a day (MLD) will be supplied to three municipalities, six town panchayats and 1,431 rural habitations in Madurai district and one town panchayat of Sivaganga district.

Avaniapuram is one of the municipalities to be covered, a board official says, adding that the limits of the Madurai Municipal Corporation will not be served.

Present plan

As per the present plan, Cauvery water will be tapped from near Mettu Mahadanapuram upstream of Kulithalai. The total length of water conveyance line will be 380 km from the source point. Sub-surface water will be drawn by digging three collector wells.

As many as 100 board officials have been deployed for the project.

The official says that the project report will be ready by the month-end.

Originally, the project was to cover three municipalities, four town panchayats and 155 rural habitations. At that time, the cost of supplying water worked out to around Rs.37 per kilo litre.

As the government considered it to be high, the board was directed to come up with an alternative plan that would bring down the cost. Under the revised plan, the cost comes to approximately Rs.17 per KL.

The official explains that initially the board considered tapping water from the Vaigai dam. As this source was not regarded as sustainable, the TWAD Board decided to bring Cauvery water to Madurai district.

Areas to be covered

At present, the areas to be covered under the project are using local sources. By extending Cauvery water, the service level in rural habitations will go up to 40 litres per capita per day (LPCD); 90 LPCD in urban local bodies and 135 LPCD in municipalities where underground sewer schemes have been envisaged.

As regards urban local bodies (ULBs), funds will be drawn through the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT), which broadly comes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

As for the rural habitations, the cost of the project will be met through the Minimum Needs Programme. The Union Ministry of Urban Development has already given the approval in principle for Rs.258 crore.

The official says the remaining amount will be provided by the State government.

Asked whether the latest drinking water supply project, using the Cauvery as the source, will have any adverse effect on farmers for agriculture, the TWAD Board official replies in the negative and adds that the quantum of water to be drawn for the Madurai district project will not even be one thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) — to be precise, 0.98 (rpt: 0.98) tmcft.

As of now, 29.37 tmcft of Cauvery water is used for all the drinking water projects.

This includes the recently-commissioned Ramanathapuram combined water supply project, which requires 1.2 tmcft. The proposed Hogenakkal and Vellore water supply projects envisage 1.3 tmc ft each, the official adds.

From The Hindu