KWA to shut plant on February 14

Staff Reporter

To interconnect pipes in the Chithirakkunnu facility with

those in the

newly-built plant

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Water Authority will shut down of its treatment facility at Chithirakkunnu on February 14 to facilitate the interconnection of pipes that ferry treated water from this plant and the one that has been newly constructed as part of the JBIC scheme.

Managing Director of the KWA C. Suresh Babu said here on Sunday that the shutdown could not be postponed any further as the newly built plant had to be tested for operational readiness.

The interconnection of pipes will enable KWA engineers to utilise water from one plant in case the other malfunctions or is shut down due to some reason.

“We are planning to begin the shutdown by the afternoon of February 14 and finish the work in 24 hours. That way we have the whole of Sunday to allow the distribution system to recoup,” Mr. Babu explained. The KWA had initially planned this shutdown on January 17, 2009. Now the KWA may have to pay the JBIC for the delay. “As it is we are behind the JBIC schedule,” Mr. Babu said.

The KWA was hesitant to make a final call on the date because of the inauguration of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Wellington Water Works planned on February 4.

Top officials of the KWA were reportedly worried that a shutdown right after the inauguration of the celebrations would not go down well with the people.

Areas affected

The shutdown will affect supply of drinking water to areas in the city serviced by the reservoir at the Observatory Hill.

The areas that will be affected that day include parts of Sasthamangalam, Thirumala, PTP Nagar, Pangode, Jagathy Vazhuthacaud, Thycaud, Palayam, Statue, Pulimoodu, Ayurveda College, Kunnumpuram, Thampanoor, Karamana, Valiasala, Thamalam, Kalady, Shanghumughom, Chakka, the airport (partly), areas near the VSSC and parts of Valiathura, KWA officials said.

The Authority, in collaboration with the district administration and the city Corporation, would put in place arrangements to supply water by tanker lorries to the affected areas, the officials added.

Once the new treatment plant becomes operational, the KWA will not have to divert water coming to the Observatory Hill to the reservoir at PTP Nagar.

Treated water from the new plant will be directly pumped to the PTP facility of the KWA and then onto the distribution system of that zone.

Now, a pipeline branching off the main line coming from Aruvikkara takes water to the PTP zone. This line is controlled by a valve located beneath the traffic island at Vellayambalam circle.

According to KWA engineers the current link between the PTP zone and the Observatory zone would be kept ‘live’ to facilitate a ‘loop supply’ of water in case of an emergency in either zone. “We expect the PTP zone’s distribution pipes to get more pressure and there will be a dedicated supply to the zone’s reservoirs,” a KWA engineer said.

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