Water supply to city fully restored

Staff Reporter

Major breach in main pipeline plugged

SALEM: Water supply to the city, which was affected following a major breach in the main pipeline of the Mettur-Salem-Attur combined water supply scheme, was fully restored here on Friday.

The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board suspended the water supply on March 13 to attend the leakage in the pipeline occurred on Sarada College Road. The Salem Corporation workers and the TWAD officials undertook round-the-clock restoration works to plug the leak.

The breach had left residents in 40 wards in the city, which were the beneficial areas of the Mettur-Salem-Attur water supply scheme, without water for about four days. The Corporation, however, had arranged tanker lorries to supply water to a few affected parts. The lorries fetched water from the tanks coming under the Old Water Supply Scheme, which remained functional. The Corporation was drawing around 52 million litres per day (mld) of water from the scheme and 12 mld from the Old Water Supply Scheme.

The officials plugged the leak on March 16 and began the pumping operations at the Mettur Pumping Station. Water supply to the affected parts was completely restored on March 17.

"The civic administration will ensure that all the residential colonies in the 40 wards are supplied with adequate water regularly," Corporation officials said.

Meanwhile, water supply to the Attur town and many wayside habitations, which was also affected due to the breach, was restored.

The Attur Municipality was drawing around 4 mld of water from the scheme.