The Alappuzha drinking water project, envisaged in 2007 to supply drinking water to Alappuzha municipality and 10 surrounding panchayats, is progressing at a slow pace.

Many parts of the town are not getting water from the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) and at least three Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants are not functioning. KWA authorities said the old well at Chudukkad here failed to provide enough water because of fall in groundwater levels. The fall in groundwater table, like elsewhere in the State, will pose hurdles to the supply of drinking water, which will further delay the much-awaited project.

The authorities hope to resume normal supply by Wednesday. Water supply in some parts was restored by Sunday morning after repairing a valve at Kalarcode junction. The RO plant at Chudukkad, which failed to function because of the problem of the well, will also be resumed by Wednesday as the authorities will use the alternative well there.

Maintenance work

Sources said the local bodies would have to pay for the repair works of the RO plant, including replacement of membrane. The membrane, which needs to be replaced in two months will cost Rs.10,000. The companies that repair the RO plants are reluctant to take up further work as the amount due to them has not been paid yet.

The project under the Centre's Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT) plans to source water from Kadapra in Pathanamthitta and get it treated at a treatment plant in Karumadi near Ambalapuzha. The treatment plant at Karumadi has been completed. The authorities had started laying pipelines for the project in the middle of February this year.

However, the delay in getting sanctions to dig up the National Highway at three points and to get the pipeline across four railway crossings have put a break on the progress of the project for now, sources said.