Municipality taps into old tanks, samasthanam-era sources

Pudukottai municipality has taken up a series of measures to augment drinking water supply in the wards by tapping into old tanks and other sources in the town that were catering to the drinking water needs of the people during the Pudukottai Samasthanam era.

Setting up of nine mega borewells and 22 mini power pumps have been taken up at an expenditure of Rs.1.14 crore sanctioned under the State Disaster Response Fund.

One of the bore wells, 800 feet in depth, set up at Mappillaiyarkulam, at an expenditure of Rs.5 lakh, will augment supply for about 500 households in wards 9,10,11, and parts of ward 3. Maiden tests for water supply were conducted on Friday evening. Municipal sources said that this was the first of the nine borewells that was being put to use.

The source at Mappillaiyarkulam is a good source of potable water and it would eventually be linked to the drinking water lines.

“It has been planned to supply water during the forenoon session. Based on technical details, it would be extended to evening session too,” sources said.

The civil works for setting up borewells one each at Kamarajapuram, Kakkachi Oorani, Sengaithoppe, and Samathuvapuram and three wells at Ammaiapatti were in progress.

“While the source at Ammaiapatti is fit for human consumption, water from other sources need to be analysed,” sources said.

In case the source does not meet human consumption norms, it would be supplied for other domestic use, sources added.