Staff Correspondent

Tanks dry up; water supplied through tankers

High fluoride content makes water unfit for drinking in many villages Zilla panchayat to provide fluoride filters at 90 per cent subsidised rates Task force committees to be formed in every taluk

DAVANGERE: Over 64 villages of six taluks in Davangere district have been facing acute drinking water problem.

While some of these villages have no water sources as tanks and borewells have dried up, water in many other villages is unfit for drinking. Scarcity of potable water in many villages has reached serious proportions.

Davangere Zilla Panchayat has started supplying potable water through tankers to some villages in Jagalur taluk.

It is using all tankers available with different departments such as Department of Forests and even town municipalities.

It is planning to hire private tankers.

At Sokke, five borewells, which were sunk recently, have failed, shattering the hopes of the people. A similar situation previals in many villages.

Jitendra Naik, Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat, told The Hindu here on Saturday that 19 villages in Harpanahalli taluk, 15 villages in Channagiri taluk, 10 villages in Jagalur taluk, eight in Davangere taluk, seven villages in Harihar and five villages in Honnali taluk had been facing acute scarcity.

Water in some of these villages was not fit for human consumption as it had high fluoride content, he said.

As a temporary measure, the zilla panchayat was making efforts to provide drinking water through tankers during the summer.

Meanwhile, the zilla panchayat has prepared a list of works to provide permanent water supply sources in 64 villages at a cost of Rs. 1.86 core and it has sent the proposal to the Government for approval.

The zilla panchayat would distribute 5,000 fluoride water filters to individual households at 90 per cent subsidy. Mr. Naik people could purchase the filters that cost Rs. 1,775 by paying Rs. 177.

He said water in 286 villages in the district contained high fluoride and most of these villages were in Jagalur and Channagiri taluks.

Mr. Naik said task force committees would be formed at taluk level and the MLAs of the respective taluks would head each committees. The committees were expected to formulate projects and send their proposals to the zilla panchayat for its implementation.