Delay in access to drinking water in several parts under Tuticorin corporation limits is giving a hard time to the residents.

It is an irony that Tuticorin is witnessing water scarcity despite lying in the periphery of Tamiraparani river basin. Residents get drinking water only once in eight to nine days. At many localities, people are forced to fetch water from a far-away pumping station.

A section of people who are wary of water-borne diseases consume filtered borewater. Buying water cans has become the top priority for still others. Due to rising demand, price of a water can has also increased to Rs.35 from Rs. 30. Even though it is affordable for the middle-income class people, they do not get the required quantity from traders, according to a resident at Bryant Nagar.

Corporation sources, when contacted on Sunday, said that since water level in Papanasam dam is low, drinking water supply cannot be ensured for all. But water was released from Manimuthar dam three days ago and residents could access drinking water once in five days. This schedule would come into effect in another two days. About 220 - 230 lakh litres of water is required every day but only 100 lakh litres is available in the reservoir.

To sort out the water crisis, five borewells were being sunk at Theppam near Vallanad. Works were expected to be over soon and water from those borwells would help meet the requirements of residents.