KARNATAKA

Dharmapuri town faces acute water scarcity as storage in reservoir dwindles

Almost empty: Panchapalli dam near Maarandahalli in Dharmapuri district is drying up, triggering acute water scarcity. —

Almost empty: Panchapalli dam near Maarandahalli in Dharmapuri district is drying up, triggering acute water scarcity. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: N. Bashkaran

S. Prasad

Residents forced to purchase water from private sources to meet needs

Dharmapuri: Acute water scarcity is spreading fast in Dharmapuri town with the water level in the Panchapalli dam dropping to abysmal levels.

Residents in most of the areas in the town are up in arms against the municipality for failing to tackle the crisis.

The town experiences serious water problems as and when the water level in the reservoir plummets.

The reservoir is the main source of drinking water supply to Dharmapuri town.

Sources in the municipality pointed out that the water level in the reservoir had dropped to 5 feet as against the total level of 52 feet.

With the existing borewells unable to supply the required amount of water, the duration of water supply had been reduced from 2 hours to one-and-a-half hours.

At present, the water level is sufficient to meet the drinking water requirements of the town for the next one month.

The town faced a similar severe water crisis during periods of drought in 2003 and 2004.

If the water level in the reservoir did not increase, the municipality would supply water once in three days.

The quality of water supplied has also reduced steeply; so many residents are forced to purchase water from private companies.

As per the existing water supply system with Chinnar dam as its source, a total of 38 lakh litres of water is being supplied on a daily basis.

Water pumped from the infiltration wells in Panchapalli gets collected in overhead tanks in Dharmapuri and is subsequently supplied to a population of 74,000 at the rate of 60 litres per capita day (LPCD) as against 90 LPCD.

According to municipal sources, with the present supply being insufficient, an improvement scheme would be charted out to augment the supply further.

Steps were being taken to streamline the water supply at the earliest.

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