The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is likely to resume water supply to the city from late on Saturday night or Sunday morning.

The board's spokesperson told The Hindu that repair on the breached raw water canal of Cauvery IV Stage was complete and gates of the Shiva Anicut had been opened. Water was being slowly released into the Netkal balancing reservoir. It took five hours for the water to reach the reservoir. Another eight hours were required for the Netkal reservoir to get filled up and only then the pumping of water to the city could resume.

Pumping from all four stages of the Cauvery was stopped to take up repair work after the canal breached on Wednesday morning.

Demand increases

Bangaloreans, cut off from their regular water supply for the past two days, have turned to tanker water supply. With demand rising sharply, many areas were deprived of the precious liquid. Private tankers also informed many of its regulars that they had run out of stock. Dhanalakshmi Jnanesh, a resident of Railway Parallel Road in Malleswaram, who buys water regularly, said: “The company informed us that it can resume supply only on Saturday as it did not have stock.”

Bottled water

Similar was the case with bottled water. With a leap in demand, many agencies found their stocks depleted. “Fifty-litre cans are in demand. In many places, suppliers have run dry. I had to run around for one that still had a few,” said S. Kumar, a resident of HVR Layout in Govindarajnagar.

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