An auto driver said even stormwater drains get clogged because of the shoddy work leading to inundation.
The reservoirs received good inflow during Cyclone Nivar last year and due to intermittent rains after that and the combined water level of these reservoirs last year was 6.8 tmcft.
“The area still does not have piped water. Yet the very same department has been wrecking our nerves.
According to Metro Water sources, in Ambattur area, groundwater pollution is highest near the lake and they constantly receive complaints from the area.
Temporary employees of the Chennai Metro Water Board, who returned to work post the 10-day protest alleged that the contractors have still not paid their April month salary.
Only a handful of Metro Water temporary employees continued to protest on Wednesday.
The protesters alleged that the contractors threatened to fire them if they refused to call off the strike and returned to work.