It is undertaken to identify illegal water connections. The survey would throw light on how many houses did not have underground drainage (sewage) connections.

Mangalore City Corporation will take up a three-month survey of water supply and sewage connections in its jurisdiction from July 2, according to K.S. Linge Gowda, Assistant Executive Engineer (water supply), at the civic body.

The survey work had been outsourced to Infotech Technology, Mangalore, he told The Hindu.

Its workers would visit each house and commercial establishments in 25 revenue wards and 14 revenue blocks (village) during the three months, he said.

Mr. Gowda said that before taking up the survey the civic body would distribute handbills in the city and issue an advertisement to create awareness. The surveyors will carry identity cards.

The Assistant Executive Engineer said he was requesting people to show the surveyors a proof of door number, latest water bill, and latest electricity bill and receipt of the property tax paid.

It is undertaken to identify illegal water connections. The survey would throw light on how many houses did not have underground drainage (sewage) connections.

He said the data secured through the survey would help know the actual requirements as against the storage capacity of the new vented dam, which was under construction at Thumbe. The civic body has proposed to introduce round-the-clock water supply. Hence the survey would help in planning after assessing the demand and the quantity of water available for supply.

Mr. Gowda said according to the official data there were 75,000 registered water connections. But it was estimated that the city had about 1.60 lakh properties. There was a mismatch in the registered connections and the total number of properties.

Legal action

The Assistant Executive Engineer said that people who had availed illegal water connections would be given 10 days to get them regularised by furnishing relevant documents. If they failed to do so the civic would initiate legal action against them.

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