Urban Development and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) Minister S. Suresh Kumar has said that the Cauvery Monitoring Committee will help ensure enough water supply to the city, and has requested the citizens to cooperate in the coming months by using water wisely.

Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Mr. Kumar said that Bangalore required 7.5 tmcft till May. “As water availability is at the bare minimum level, residents must not use potable water for washing cars or cleaning the compound and gates of their houses. Put an end to misuse of water and use it in a wise manner,” he said. The committee will also hold a review meeting on January 10, he added.

BWSSB Chairman Gaurav Gupta also said that irregular supply of water in certain parts of the city could be overcome once the commissioning of Phase II of Cauvery water was completed. The commissioning of Stage IV phase II of Cauvery water in all parts of the city would be completed within the next 15 days, he said. Except in the eastern pockets of the city such as K.R Puram and Mahadevpura, the lines had already been commissioned in most parts of the city.

Mr. Gupta also said that dual-piping would be implemented in all residential complexes that had more than 500 dwelling units. Apart from this, it was mandatory for the complexes to have sewage treatment plants and rainwater harvesting units.

Usage of treated water must go up and potable water usage must come down, he said, adding that industries would increasingly be made to use treated water in their units.

“As of now, we are attempting to increase public’s acceptability to using treated water. Currently, 1.5 mld of water of Cubbon Park lake, 1.5 mld of Lalbagh lake and 4 mld of Madivala lake in the city is being treated,” he said.

Mr. Gupta also said that a workshop on the treatment of water would be held in January.

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