It has been almost a week since residents of Tripunithura have got their full supply of water. The residents have been getting water only on alternate days for sometime now. A few areas have not received water for close to a month because of problems in the distribution network. Unlike the 80 lakh litres of water that was supplied every day, the Kerala Water Authority’s sub-division at Tripunithura is supplying just about 40 to 50 lakh litres a day.
According to a KWA official in Tripunithura, a water tank with a capacity of 35 lakh litres is being pumped twice a day to provide 80 lakh litres to Tripunithura. The recent shortage had made it possible to supply water only on alternate days, said the official.
Water is also being supplied on alternate days to Thiruvamkulam in Tripunithura and Udayamperoor and Chottanikkara panchayats. A water tank with a storage capacity of 10 lakh litres supplies water to these areas. Meanwhile, P.J. Joseph, Minister for Water Resources, who chaired a review meeting of the water crisis in the city and the suburbs, told reporters that normal 24-hour supply of water in the city would resume in three days. He said a new check-dam would be built at Ramamangalam. The new dam would resolve the water shortage at the intake point of Choondi treatment plant which supplies water to Tripunithura and Chottanikkara and Udayamperoor panchayats.