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CAPpings - India - At least 250 million litres of water a day, which can cater to two lakh households, is lost every day in Bangalore due to old, rusty pipes and poor distribution

At least 250 million litres of water a day, which can cater to two lakh households, is lost every day in Bangalore due to old, rusty pipes and poor distribution.

37 per cent of water literally goes down the drain


Bangalore thirsts for better water supply

Spiralling population and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board's (BWSSB) failure to augment supply has ensured that the city is perpetually in the grip of a water crisis. If the depleting water level in the T.G. Halli reservoir and the delay in the Cauvery Stage IV Phase II scheme are bothering residents and officials, a deeper malaise ensures that the water shortage is perennial: at least 37 per cent of water literally goes down the drain due to old, rusty pipes and poor distribution. Added to this are illegal connections.

The drinking water pipeline network of 7,500 km carries water to 6.1 lakh households. Inequitable supply is the order of the day. While some areas get an enviable supply of water, others have just air in their taps. Engineer-in-Chief Venkataraju admitted that at least 37 per cent of the 900 mld goes waste due to old, rusty pipes and poor distribution. Citing various reasons for the irrational distribution which accentuates the shortfall, he said the city falls short of 883 mld.

While 15 per cent is wasted because of pipe and joint leaks and corroded house service connections, the rest is unaccounted for due to seepage in ground-level reservoirs and malfunctioning meters. “If we can reduce the wastage, we will save at least 250 mld. This can cater to nearly two lakh extra households,” he said.

Article Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3000806.ece
Publication Date: 16 March 2012

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