Muddy water a concern for residents in parts of the city

Unsure if water fit for use; dip in supply compounds woes

April 09, 2019 12:56 am | Updated 08:53 am IST - CHENNAI

Every drop counts: With the mercury rising, the water crisis has spread to areas such as Pattinapakkam. R. Ragu

Every drop counts: With the mercury rising, the water crisis has spread to areas such as Pattinapakkam. R. Ragu

As the city’s water crisis worsens, residents in some parts of the city complain of receiving turbid water through piped water supply over the past few days.

Residents of Mogappair said there had been a dip in water supply over the fortnight. “We now receive water that is yellowish in colour. We have cleaned our sumps twice but continue to receive muddy water. We are concerned about using the water for even bathing,” said Padma Rajagopal, a resident of Officers’ Colony Road, Mogappair.

Sources in the Metrowater said the reason for this could be due to increase in turbidity level as storage in the city reservoirs is dismal. Water drawn from the abandoned quarries in Sikkarayapuram is being blended with water in Chembarambakkam lake for supply. Supply from the quarries varied between 23 million litres per day (mld) and 30 mld according to availability and need.

Metrowater continues to maintain the drinking water supply at 550 million litres on alternate days. “We have also obtained site clearances for drawal from abandoned quarries in Erumaiyur. Work to lay a pipeline to Chembarambakkam would be completed in three months and 10 mld would be supplied from there,” said an official.

With the storage in Veeranam tank in Cuddalore district also decreasing, about 20 mld of water from Neyveli mines is being mixed and sent through pipeline to the city.

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