Monday, July 30, 2007

Pilferage leaving these cities water-starved he Hindu : Karnataka / Bangalore News

The Hindu : Karnataka / Bangalore News : Pilferage leaving these cities water-starved: "
Even as residents of Hubli-Dharwad and Belgaum make a hue and cry over insufficient supply of potable water, nearly half of the water drawn for these cities is literally going down the drain by way of leakage, pilferage and unauthorised connections.Water shortage has, on the one hand, led to an increase in exploitation of ground water by those who can afford to dig borewells. On the other, it has offered roaring business to those who sell water tanks as low-income groups tend to store whatever water is supplied.Although 96 million litres a day (MLD) of water is drawn from Malaprabha and Neerasagar reservoirs for the twin cities of Hubli-Dharwad, only 45 MLD reaches the consumers. (snip)

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