Tuesday, March 8, 2016

India - Water Distribution - Water pipe burst resulting in massive flooding on the Mysuru-Bengaluru highway near Ganangur village - Our Viewpoint: When any leakage occurs, the immediate reaction from the water management authorities is to quote the pipeline age

The main drinking water pipeline which supplies drinking water to Mandya city burst on Saturday resulting in massive flooding on the Mysuru-Bengaluru highway near Ganangur village of Srirangapatna taluk. When the pipe burst, water gushed out almost 50 feet high. Very soon, a small river formed on the highway, holding up traffic.

Our Viewpoint: We come across countless leakage incidents reported in our country. When any leakage occurs, the immediate reaction from the water management authorities is to quote the pipeline age and find temporary corrective measures. Now is the time to learn from failures. It is not an easy task to replace the failed systems with all brand new assets. Huge investment is involved in this process. There is no effort taken on identifying and implementing the appropriate operation and maintenance practices to safely operate the old water distribution within the allowable pressure envelope. Corrosion of materials is one of the leading causes for water pipeline leakages. Utility management has the misconception on using corrosion induced pipeline weak spots as pressure relieving points to maintain the pressure within the distribution network. The present design practices have to be greatly modified to include the life cycle analysis in determining the suitable materials of construction and associated corrosion control methods. We need to turn Water Rust to Water TRUST.
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 Water pipe bursts, supply not to be hit

Mandya: The main drinking water pipeline which supplies drinking water to Mandya city burst on Saturday resulting in massive flooding on the Mysuru-Bengaluru highway near Ganangur village of Srirangapatna taluk.
When the pipe burst, water gushed out almost 50 feet high. Very soon, a small river formed on the highway, holding up traffic. It didn't take long before vehicles passing by stopped to catch a glimpse of the amazing sight. It was also a selfie moment. Mobiles were whipped out and unmindful of the 50-ft high fountain, many stopped by to take a selfie. The drenching was worth it.

Officers of Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB) said that the main pipeline burst as it was old and could not take the water pressure."Water gushed out and flooded on to the Mysuru-Bengaluru highway for more than an hour. We stopped the flow of water as soon as we got the information. The pipeline will be repaired and we will ensure that drinking water supply to the city is not affected," an officer said. The KUWSDB will inspect vulnerable points of such kind on the stretch and fix them. "Our men will replace the pipeline with a new one and we will resume water supply. There is no reason for residents to panic," he added.

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