Shortage Spawns Illegal Pump Sets

Published: 04th August 2014 08:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th August 2014 08:36 AM   |  A+A-

The city Corporation’s south zone gets water only once in a fortnight.

The south zone became part of the corporation three years ago, but there has been little change on the water front.

“We get supply once in two weeks, even during the rainy season, as officials blame erratic power supply and damaged pipelines. In summer, the officials say they are facing shortage and are unable to supply on time,” cribs R Manikandan, a  resident of Sundarapuram.

Some of the residents in the zone are tapping drinking water illegally from pipelines using motor pump sets, but that leaves other residents without water supply.

The civic body ought to supply 7.6 MLD from Aliyar dam to the residents in south zone, but releases only 6.5 MLD.

Due to the crisis, officials are mulling diverting Pillur and Siruvani water to the south zone. Even if the proposal is cleared it would take at least a year for implementation.

The civic body has a total of 1,574 borewell connections and supplies around 30 MLD to the residents for use other than drinking.

Coimbatore has just about 1,50,000 registered connections for water, while the total number of residents in the city stands at around 16 lakhs.


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