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Emergency pump at KRS offers big relief for Mysore residents

FOR BETTER SUPPLY: The newly installed emergency pumps at Hongalli became functional on Monday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

FOR BETTER SUPPLY: The newly installed emergency pumps at Hongalli became functional on Monday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM  

Staff Correspondent

It will ensure proper drinking water supply during the summer

It will prove critical when water level in the reservoir dips Work on the pumping equipment delayed by three years

MYSORE: The Vani Vilas Waterworks (VVWW) has successfully completed the installation of an emergency pump at the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir that will ensure drinking water supply even when the water level in the reservoir dips below the 72-ft mark.

With the water level at the KRS reservoir standing at 77.11 ft on Monday, the installation of the pumping jackwell with a capacity to draw 8 million gallons a day (MGD) will prove critical in the event of the level falling below the 72-ft mark.

Work on the emergency pumping equipment at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore began in September 2003 when H. Vishwanath was Minister in charge of the district following a severe scarcity of drinking water during the summer of 2003. The work, which had been entrusted to a private contractor, was to be completed in April 2004. However, the execution of the work has been delayed for various reasons.

The work was finally completed during the ensuing summer, three years behind schedule, and the VVWW authorities carried out a trial run of the newly-installed emergency pump on Monday.

The pumping equipment comprises two motors of 250 HP each, besides two transformers of 315 kVA each to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the pump.

The pump with a capacity of eight MGD will supplement the existing emergency pump of 12 MGD capacity. Both pumps will draw water from the riverbed when the water level dips below 72 ft and pump the same to Hongalli Pumping Station.

The Hongalli Pumping Station draws water from the Right Bank Low Level canal and Varuna Canal when the water level in the reservoir is high. In the event of the level dipping below the 72-ft mark, the Hongalli Pumping Station would not be able to draw water, forcing the authorities to supply water from the riverbed.

The existing emergency pump with a capacity of 12 MGD was not enough to meet the drinking water requirements of the residents of the city during summer when the water level in the reservoir is depleted. "There used to be shortage of 8 MGD", VVWW officials said.

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