With water scarcity taking a toll on the city and its suburbs, the Kerala Water Authority has warned of strict action against water thieves. In a statement by the KWA, several complaints of water theft are being reported from various areas.
Currently, water paucity has hit suburbs such as Chittoor, Cheranelloor, Chellanam, Kumbalangi, Mulavukadu, Kadamakudy and the Corporation premises such as West Kochi, Thevara Ferry, Konthuruthy, Chilavanoor, Petta, Vennala, Padivattom, Edappally, Kunnumpuram, Pachalam and Vaduthala.
According to officials, water is being drawn from public taps illegally by means of hoses, motor pump sets, hand pumps aggravating the crisis. “Besides it has led to air blocking the smooth flow of water from taps. The defaulters will invite stiff penalties,” the officials said.
Meanwhile, the distribution of potable water has been hit at several parts of Aluva. Those who come across leaks in public taps are requested to inform the KWA control room.