Friday, March 13, 2015

India - Corrosion induced pipeline leakage is the major cause for severe water cuts in Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC). Rs 30 crore spent in the last five years to replace pipes under the Shingnapur scheme is not finding solutions

KOLHAPUR: Many city areas will face severe water cuts in the next two days owing to the major leakages in the main pipeline carrying water in the Shingnapur water supply scheme. Rs 30 crore since last five years to replace the pipes of the Shingnapur scheme

On Monday, the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) found several pipeline leaks pipe in the Puikhadi area and immediately started repair work. The pipeline supplies water to the A, B and D wards of the city. Water cuts will begin on Monday evening and continue till Wednesday morning.

Manish Pawar, the KMC's chief hydraulic engineer said, "At some places, the pipe was rusted and could not sustain water pressure, leading to leaks. We started replacing these pipes in the Puikhadi area and this will be completed in the next 24 hours. We have ensured water supply by providing water tankers to the affected areas."

Due to the heavy rainfall last week, power cuts took place in certain city areas and halted water lifting from the river source, leading to a two-day water cut. This took place in areas, where water supply schemes were implemented like Balinga, Nagdevwadi and Shingnapur. This was around the same time that the civic administration planned to undertake the work to replace the pipe at Puikhadi.

The Shingnapur water supply was initiated in 2001 and was criticized for the frequent leakages due to the poor quality of work. Water used for the scheme is located 11km from the city and accounts for around 70% of the supply to Kolhapur and all three wards are covered under this network.

"We spent around Rs 30 crore in the last five years to replace pipes under the Shingnapur scheme. Once the direct water supply scheme from the Kalammawadi dam is started, the city will not face any more water cuts due to the leaks," Pawar said.

The city lifts around 120 million litres of water per day (MLD) from three sources and supplies it to around 98,000 water connections - both commercial and household. Though the quantity of water lifted is high, around 25% of it is lost due to leaks and water thefts, leading to low pressure water supply to the suburbs.

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Publication Date: 10 March 2015

1 comment:

  1. Our country is loosing significant percentage of drinking water through corrosion induced pipeline leakages. There are numerous incidents of pipeline leaks reported across many parts of India. Pipeline replacement for the old infrastructure is not the only solution for minimising this profound leakage rate. Our water management authorities need to have close vigilance on the old as well as new infrastructure. Life cycle analysis is the most important step in finding proper water conservation answers. Corrosion of pipelines is completely ignored by the water regulatory and management agencies. Our water policy needs to be energized to capture the corrosive effects and encourage the implementation of quality corrosion control and monitoring measures to minimise such losses. We need to turn Water Rust to Water TRUST.