MCC may Supply Water to Residents Once in Three Days
Mangaluru: With the water level at Thumbay dam receding down to 6.3 ft. against the maximum of 13 ft, Mangaluru City Corporation Mayor Harinath addressing the media has said that MCC will be forced to supply drinking water once in three days. “There is no other option than to control the use of water. I only hope that rain God comes to the rescue of MCC and citizens of Mangaluru” said the Mayor.
It is learnt that the water from a hydel power project dam across the Kumaradhara, a tributary of the Netravathi, near Kadaba in Puttur taluk has not been released yet. If its release, results in overflow of a check dam across Kumaradhara at Uppinangady, Thumbay dam might get some water. According to a water supply engineer, at present only two ft. of water is available to pump about 36 MGD (million gallons a day) of water using two pumps. The two pumps could be operated simultaneously only till the level depleted to four ft. Later, one pump would be operated till the level went down to 3.5 ft and not beyond that. It was to technical reasons and silt factors in the base.
MCC at present has pressed 22 water tankers into service for supplying water to such areas in the upper reaches which are not getting water. Among the 22 tankers,13 tankers were supplying water from Bendoor pump-house, six tankers from Kuloor and Kulai pump houses, and three tankers from the pump house near Mangala stadium.The water carrying capacity of tankers varied from 2,000 litres to 20,000 litres.