From once in two days the Coimbatore Corporation has decreased the Siruvani water supply to once in four days. But, the duration of supply of four hours continues.
The Corporation is forced to decrease the supply to meet the summer demand, sources say and add that at this rate it will be able to extend the supply till the first week of June this year.
As on Friday, the Corporation received 62 million litres a day (MLD) as against the full supply of 87 MLD from the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board. The Siruvani Reservoir has 8.75 feet water.
The Siruvani water reaches 28 of the 100 wards in the city.
As for the supply from the Pilloor I and Pilloor II schemes goes, the Corporation receives 48.27 MLD and 86.43 MLD respectively. In the Aliyar supply again there is a dip as against the designed quantity of 7.5 MLD, the Corporation received only 4.5 MLD.
The sources say that where there is deficiency in water supply, the Corporation is diverting Pilloor water. In Thudiyalur in the North Zone, the supply has improved from once in 10 days to once in five days because it had recently linked the Bhavani water supply pipeline with the Pilloor pipeline for diversion of water as work was in progress.
The supply will further improve once the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board has completed the water supply augmentation there and is likely to open the pipeline for supply in the next few days.
Meanwhile, TWAD Board sources say that through the Coimbatore Corporation it has referred to the Tamil Nadu Government the Kerala Government’s request for sealing an exit pipeline that is below the dead storage level. The Kerala Government has been keen on sealing the pipeline alleging that more water was flowing through the pipeline and that it need the water for environment conservation to meet animals’ drinking water needs.
Last year, too, a similar situation arose but it was solved at the secretary-level talks the two Governments held.