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Metrowater takes initiative to ensure equitable water distribution

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Metrowater takes initiative to ensure equitable water distribution


It is in the process of installing sluice valves in water distribution network

—Photo: M.Vedhan

Improvement measures: Construction of additional underground sumps such as this one in Kilpauk Water Works is part of Chennai Metrowater’s initiative to improve supply.

CHENNAI: Chennai Metrowater is in the process of installing sluice valves in the water distribution network as a measure to improve the supply to tail-end areas.

Under the project taken up to address the complaints of residents of such localities about inadequate water supply, the sluice valves would ensure in equitable supply.

A Metrowater official said that when the water meant for distribution to a particular area was pumped into the pipeline, the localities en route also received the supply. Once the boundaries of each area were marked by providing nearly 1,000 valves in the distribution mains, all households in the area for which it was meant would receive sufficient supply.

Work order for the project has been issued recently for isolation of the 16 water supply zones of Chennai Metrowater. It would be executed as part of the improvement works to the water distribution system under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. The project would be completed by September next year, the official said.

The improvement works being taken up in the four major water distribution stations — Kilpauk, Anna Poonga in Royapuram, Southern Head Works (Valluvar Kottam) and K. K. Nagar — would facilitate the distribution of water with adequate water pressure to 532 streets connected to the network. In addition to these, all pumping stations would also be taken up for upgradation under the project.

Additional storage facility

Almost 70 per cent of the work to provide additional storage facility in Kilpauk water works has been finished so far. It would be completed by October this year. With the construction of new underground sumps, the storage capacity would be increased to 91 million litres (ML) from the existing 47 ML. This would benefit the surrounding areas such as Aminjikarai, Ayanavaram, Villivakkam and Anna Nagar.

Similarly, work is on in full swing in the K. K. Nagar zone and Anna Poonga and the projects would be completed by October this year and April 2010 respectively.

“With the pipeline network inside the pumping station at the Southern Headworks, Valluvar Kottam, replaced recently, we are able to save nearly Rs.1.5 lakh on electricity bills every month. This has been made possible mainly on account of the increase in the capacity of the new facilities,” the official said.

For residents, a significant increase in the water pressure in these four zones, however, would happen only on completion of the strengthening of the pipeline network.

A new pipeline has been laid over 37 out of the 169-km route in the Kilpauk zone. About 20-km-long new pipeline has been laid in the entire 61 km network in the K. K. Nagar zone. The remaining work would be completed by the year-end, the official added.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:11

Caution against high concentration of fluoride in drinking water

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Caution against high concentration of fluoride in drinking water

Staff Reporter

Workshop blames it on mismanagement of surface and groundwater resources

— Photo: R.Shivaji Rao

NOTE OF CAUTION: MAWS Department secretary Niranjan Mardi releases a handbook on fluoride and its impact on health at a workshop organised by TWAD Board in Chennai on Tuesday. (From left) Executive director of FR and RDF A.K.Susheela, TWAD Board’s joint Managing Director Supriya Sahu and Chief of UNICEF office (TN and Kerala) Satish Kumar are in the picture.

CHENNAI: Mismanagement of surface and groundwater resources has led to high concentration of fluoride in drinking water. Convergence of efforts of the various stakeholders was essential to mitigate its serious impact on public health, speakers stressed at a workshop in the city on Tuesday.

Inaugurating the two-day workshop on ‘Fluoride in drinking water and its impact on public health’ organised by Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD), Secretary to Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department Niranjan Mardi said that 10 districts in the State, particularly Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts, were fluoride-endemic.

“High fluoride content would have debilitating effect not only on bones and dental structure but also on the entire body. Continued effort of people from inter-related fields such as water analysts and doctors is necessary to tackle the issue apart from involvement of the society,” he said.

On the Hogenakkal water supply scheme, Mr. Mardi said bids were being evaluated. Cost-effective solutions such as installation of filters to remove fluoride in schools and villages have been proposed for fluorosis mitigation as part of the project.

He also released a handbook on fluoride and its impact on health during the occasion.

TWAD Board’s joint managing director and project director Supriya Sahu said students and teachers in the affected areas would be educated on fluoride contamination in water and intake of nutritious diet to combat fluorosis.

In a bid to address the problem with a multi-disciplinary approach, the workshop intended to train TWAD Board engineers, hydro geologists about identifying the symptoms of fluoride contamination and its health hazards. This would help them design new water supply projects according to the needs of specific area.

Chief of the UNICEF office (Tamil Nadu and Kerala) Satish Kumar said that only a small percentage of the groundwater resource was being used for drinking water purposes. With overexploitation of available resources, more places in the State would face water crisis as extraction far exceeds replenishment.

Though fluorisis was not a fatal disease, there is no cure for the ailment as of now. Early diagnosis and awareness about diet rich in calcium and vitamins would help in preventing it.

Executive Director of Fluorosis Research and Rural Development Foundation, Delhi, A. K. Susheela, said the training would impart fundamental information about the disease and how to face the challenges.

On Wednesday, nearly 50 doctors would participate in the deliberations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 15:21

Rs. 61.50 lakh for providing amenities

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Rs. 61.50 lakh for providing amenities

Staff Reporter

ARIYALUR: Varadarajanpettai town panchayat in the district has been chosen for implementing the ‘Anaithu Peruratchi Anna Marumalarchi Thittam at an expenditure of Rs. 61.50 lakh during 2009-10.

Making this announcement at a review meeting on Monday, the District Collector, Anil Meshram, said that works on construction of roads with storm water drainage, erecting Compact Fluorescent Lamps, digging of borewells, desilting of tanks, laying cement roads, and creating bus shelters would be undertaken in the town panchayat under the scheme.

Further, priority would be accorded for the town panchayat as regards works undertaken by various departments and in allocation of funds for improving the basic amenities. Buildings would be constructed with PWD funds and medical camps would be organised by the Health department. Likewise, new schools would be started through the Education department, the Collector said, adding that the libraries, sports and recreation facilities, drinking water facilities would also be provided.

Senior officials including the Project Director of District Rural Development Agency R. Venkatachalam and Assistant Director – Panchayats, Tiruvengadam took part in the meeting.

Earlier, during the weekly grievance redressal session, members of the public handed over 209 petitions to the Collector. Most of them pertained to requests for relief for disabled, patta conversion, old age pension. The Collector directed officials concerned to act promptly on the petitions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:03

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