Supply to city likely to plummet by 100 million litres a day
If you are already worried about the irregular water supply in your area, be prepared for more this summer.
If the State faces a power shortage like last year, water supply to the city is likely to plummet by at least 100 million litres a day (mld), the average usage by nearly 20,000 households.
Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) officials, who are worried over the impending crisis in summer, said the available water of 900 mld had to be equally distributed among citizens.
“As of now, the southern grid is functioning at an average frequency of 49.6 cycles per second and we are able to manage (ideal frequency is 50 cycles per second). But if it reduces further (46.5 or less), it will be a critical factor because even a small disturbance of five minutes can disrupt pumping by nearly 20 per cent,” said BWSSB Engineer-in-Chief T. Venkataraju.
Following frequent power disruptions in Thorekadanahalli (T.K. Halli), Harohalli and Tataguni in the last few days, BWSSB Minister S. Suresh Kumar and senior officials of the board held a meeting with officials from Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL) recently. “They have assured us of uninterrupted power supply to the reservoirs. But we will be helpless if the problem is with the Central Grid,” he said.
“The local power shutdown within the city where our booster pumping stations are located is also affecting supply. Mr. Kumar has requested the Energy Minister to ensure alternative supply to our stations whenever there is a power shutdown,” he said.
With most areas — especially in East Bangalore and new areas — already facing water shortage, the board has intensified monitoring. “During inspections, we have found several cases of water theft and illegal connections. If anyone is found drawing water illegally, criminal cases will be booked against them,” Mr. Venkataraju said.
The board had already invited tenders for hiring 120 water tankers and tractors to supply water to new areas, where the problem is expected to worsen.
“We have decided to offer Rs. 1,650 per tanker (of 6,000 litres) and Rs. 850 per tractor (3,000 litres) to make at least five trips a day. This supply will be free of cost and residents can complain if drivers demand money,” the official said.
Following public outcry against the shortage and frequent attacks on BWSSB valve men in areas where there is an acute scarcity, the board has appointed 26 special officers to monitor the supply.