Water everywhere but not enough for suburbs

High hopes: With Siruvani Dam touching its full capacity there is hope of an end to the water woes. –

High hopes: With Siruvani Dam touching its full capacity there is hope of an end to the water woes. –   | Photo Credit: Photo: K. Ananthan

K.V. Prasad

Coimbatore Corporation is allotted 87 million litres a day

COIMBATORE: The overflow from the Siruvani Dam has led to the Coimbatore Corporation restoring the alternate day supply of drinking water, but the fast developing town panchayats in the western suburbs are still struggling with a measly quantity of Siruvani water. An option before the local bodies in the periphery is to seek additional quantity of water from the quota provided to the Coimbatore Corporation. The Corporation has been allotted 87 million litres a day (mld) out of the total drawal of 101 mld from the dam. But, town panchayats such as Veerakeralam and Vadavalli get only a few lakh litres though the population in these areas has been rising steadily over the last six years, rendering inadequate the Siruvani water quota allocated 17 years ago.

Vadavalli gets 7.65 lakh litres and the local body says this is not enough to provide even 90 litres per capita per day (lpcd) for a population of 40,000. The objective of all water schemes now is to provide 130 lpcd. Unauthorised or indiscriminate release of water connections are said to be causing shortage of water in most of these local bodies.

While waiting for the new Bhavani scheme to be completed, requesting the Corporation for one mld is an option this local body has to temporarily meet the demand. This possibility is being explored in the basis of an earlier case of the Corporation providing water to Kavundampalayam. Veera keralam Town Panchayat president V.T. Bakthavathsalam says his local body has already explored this option. “Veerakeralam, Thondamuthur and Vedapatti town panchayats made such a request to the Corporation a year ago. But, the Corporation officials said it was not possible, says Mr. Bakthavathsalam.

“We get only 4.35 lakh litres and this is too low compared to the demand for water. That is why we are able to supply drinking water only once in 17 or 18 days,” he laments. “We were told that a filter bed is being cleaned at Siruvani to enable better flow of water This might help in improving supply to once in 12 or 14 days,” he says.

While Kavundampalayam is not too comfortable, it is able to manage the situation with better supply. Kurichi, the other local body served by the Siruvani scheme, seems to be better off than the others as it gets more water because of the test run of the Aliyar scheme.

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