Build check-dams to solve water crisis, says forum

The Ottapalam Citizens Forum took out a march to the office of the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) Executive Engineer demanding temporary check-dams to protect drinking water sources in the Bharathapuzha, on Monday.

Every year, the river got dried up in the summer months resulting in acute drinking water problem, forum president P. Sreenivasan said.

Many drinking water schemes drew water from the river. But, the KWA had not constructed check-dams to prevent the complete drying up of the river during summer. This caused drinking water shortage in the district, causing hardships to thousand of families, he said.