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Cooling Agent: Earthen pots are in great demand in Bijapur city as cool water will be required for parched throats.
Cooling Agent: Earthen pots are in great demand in Bijapur city as cool water will be required for parched throats.

Temperatures have soared to as high as 36 degrees Celsius

Almost all borewells have been recharged

KUWSSB now in charge of drinking water supply

Bijapur: With the gradual increase in temperatures over the past 15 days, the district is gearing up for another blistering summer. The temperature, which was hovering around 30 degrees Celsius in the first and second weeks of February, touched 36 degrees Celsius.

According to sources, the district recorded 36 degrees Celsius on Wednesday last and the temperature rose to 39 degrees Celsius on Friday last. On Wednesday, the district recorded 37 degrees Celsius. Compared to the previous four summers, people in rural areas of the district may not suffer from acute water shortage this time owing to considerable increase in the water-table. The district received more than 320 mm of rainfall late last year.

“As almost all borewells were recharged during the heavy rain, and water-table also increased considerably, people in rural areas may not suffer from water shortage. The authorities will be instructed to take up minor repairs to pumpsets, wherever necessary, for smooth water supply,” the sources added.

Speaking about the conditions during last summer, they said more than 160 villages in Bijapur district were suffered from acute water shortage. They included 16 villages in Bijapur taluk, 36 in Indi, five in Basavana Bagewadi, 77 in Muddebihal taluk and 30 villages in Sindagi taluk.

As the responsibility of supplying drinking water to Bijapur city has been entrusted to the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board (KUWSSB), the agency had promised that a strategy had been chalked out to improve the drinking water supply system by taking up repairs and laying of new pipelines. The KUWSSB authorities had also promised that efforts would be made to supply drinking water once in two days, as early as possible.

Owing to frequent power shutdowns and load-shedding, people in the district depend mostly on earthen pots for cool water. With the temperatures rising, these pots have entered the market in large numbers. They cost between Rs. 60 and Rs. 80.

Sharanu, a resident of Indi taluk who is selling earthen pots on Station Road here, told The Hindu that every year he sold a minimum of 200 during summer and the profit was good.

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