Saturday, November 15, 2008

Power cuts add to water woes-Bangalore-Cities-The Times of India

Power cuts add to water woes-Bangalore-Cities-The Times of India
It's time to fill your water containers as power cuts could just add to your woes. Reason: Local water pumping stations can't pump
water due to the long power cuts in some localities. Though there has been no serious water shortage as of now, the impending power cuts, from Friday, could affect supply in areas where the pumping stations are located.

A senior BWSSB official said on Thursday that the water supply will depend on the schedule of power cuts. He said the BWSSB was not expecting "a major crisis'' but localities including Beggars' Colony, High Grounds near Vidhana Soudha, the low-level reservoir near Race Course Road, parts of Malleswaram, Ulsoor, Johnson Market, Suranjan Das Road, Machchlibetta and Banaswadi could be affected during the power cut phases.

The city has been facing a water shortage of about 50 litres per capita per day for a couple of years, primarily because of the alarming growth in population. There was enough water in 2002 when the population was about 52 lakh, but at present, the population has touched 80 lakh.


BWSSB officials said they would request their chairman to take up the issue with KPTCL so that there was not much impact. The other steps include an extra feeder line for affected localities, and pressing generators if the crisis continues.

Water supply will improve with the addition of 500 million litres a day in 2011-12 when water will be pumped from Cauvery 4th stage, phase 2.

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