TAMIL NADU

Drinking water project to be operational by March

The project would cater to the drinking water needs of 70,000 people of 159 villages spread over the Tiruchendur, Udangudi and Alwarthirunageri blocks in Tuticorin district.

Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN: : The work on the Rs 8.18-crore drinking water project coming up at Subramaniyapuram near here under the Combined Water Supply Scheme-II initiated by the State Government is fast progressing and the project is expected to become operational before March 31 next year.

Speaking to The Hindu , K. Manickam, Executive Engineer, TWAD, said the project would cater to the drinking water needs of 70,000 people of 159 villages spread over the Tiruchendur, Udangudi and Alwarthirunageri blocks.

He said that as part of the project, four infiltration wells would be constructed at the Tamiraparani river and the water drawn from it would be first stored in a common `collection sump' having a storage capacity of 1.5 lakh litres.

The water thus collected would be taken to nine intermediate sumps to be constructed at nine different places through dedicated pipelines laid for the purpose, before it was pumped to 11 overhead tanks having a capacity of 10,000 litres each. From the overhead tanks, water would be directly released to the distribution points/outlets with the requisite pressure.

Mr. Manickam said that pipelines to a length of 140 km would be laid to carry water from the common collection sump to overhead tanks and then to various distribution points. ``Already pipe laying work had been completed on 70 km stretch, with the rest to be over soon,'' he added.

Once the project became fully functional, it was expected to supply 1.5 million litres of drinking water a day in toto to the residents of 159 villages.

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