With seven of the eight taluks in Hassan district declared drought-hit, drinking water scarcity is expected to worsen in summer.

Residents of 1,949 villages are facing acute shortage of drinking water, and the number is expected to go up as many water bodies are drying up owing to lack of rain.

As on Saturday, the storage at Hemavati reservoir at Gorur in Hassan taluk was 7.2 tmcft, of which 4.37 tmcft is dead storage. With only 3.23 tmcft left for consumption, the district administration has a tough task ahead. The administration has submitted a Rs. 29.97-crore action plan to the State government to tackle drinking water crisis in summer. Water release from the Hemavati to the canals has been stopped.