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Corporation hopeful of maintaining water supply for a month

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The Hindu     13.04.2017  

Corporation hopeful of maintaining water supply for a month

2,000 tanks to be installed at vantage locations to help in water distribution

The Corporation is hopeful of distributing water to the residents without difficulty till the first week of May, said Commissioner Sandeep Nanduri here on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters, he said that despite the stoppage in the discharge from Periyar dam to the Vaigai reservoir, the storage level in Vaigai dam was around 25 feet which was expected to feed the residents for the next 30 days from today.

The infiltration wells at Melakkal, Kochadai, Manalur and Tiruppuvanam were expected to feed water beyond May first week, and the engineers have also identified spots for borewells, which would be dug up in as many as 200 points. “We have to supply potable water to the residents and will accord top priority towards this,” he responded when asked how they would face the opposition from people to the Corporation digging borewells in public places.

Summer showers

Above all, the summer showers, which is usually experienced by April-end, may bring in some relief. While drinking water provision would be in place for devotees visiting the city for the chitirai festival, the water for Lord Kallazhagar’s entry into the Vaigai river, would be made known at an appropriate time, he also added.

The Corporation has procured 2,000 water tanks, which would be installed at vantage locations, and water distribution would be done easily through this. The GPRS facility has been very useful and payments to contractors were being made only after verification with the logsheets in the modern control room at the Anna Maaligai, the Commissioner said.


Tamil Nadu government to crack down on illegal tapping of water

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The Times of India         12.04.2017 

Tamil Nadu government to crack down on illegal tapping of water

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A cute water shortage following a failed monsoon in the state has forced the government to rein in establishments tapping wa rein in establishments tapping water by illegal means. District collectors have been directed to crack down on commercial establishments that are found drawing water beyond their permissible limits.Industries are also feeling the pinch with water supply to manufacturing units getting regulated.
Commissioner for revenue administration K Satyagopal said micromanagement of water distribution had begun to cater to the immediate requirement. "Illegal tapping of water is taking place on a large scale," he said. "Illegal tapping could be by households, farmers, commercial establishments or industries. Whoever it is, we are trying to disconnect the illegal lines. Every collector has been asked to do so," Satyagopal said.

The official said commercial es tablish ments, like hotels and marriage halls, which are drawing excessive wa ter are being tracked on a regular ba sis. "Also, we are having a dialogue with the industries and regulating their supplies," Satyagopal said adding that steps are being taken to tap drinking water by putting subsurface bags at places with adequate water resources.

Asked about the water situation in Chennai, Satyagopal said, "There will be regulations but we are confident that the supply of water will be steady." Besides, water tankers will be used to supply drinking water in areas that cannot be covered by the distribution system, Satyagopal told reporters on the sidelines of a summit on climate change & disaster risk reduction.

At the event, Kamal Kishore, member, National Disaster Management Authority, said, Asian countries were losing $126 dollars every day due to natural disasters. In his address, UNICEF's chief of field office for Tamil Nadu and Kerala Job Zachariah said India loses Rs 65,000 crores every year due to natural disasters.

Use water judiciously: municipality

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The Hindu      07.04.2017 

Use water judiciously: municipality

With supply of Cauvery River water to those residing in Rasipuram Municipality stopping, officials have asked them to use the available water judiciously.

Municipal Commissioner Krishnamoorthy said that water was supplied to the municipality by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) through the Rasipuram - Edappadi Combined Water Supply Scheme. Water was drawn from River Cauvery at Nedunkulam village and treated and distributed to the citizens.

Due to poor discharge of water from Stanley Reservoir at Mettur Dam, the flow of water in the river has also dropped. The water does not reach the drawing point. Hence, from April 4, Cauvery could not be supplied to the people.

The commissioner said that people should not waste water from wells and borewells.

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