Mangaluru, March 31, 2019: As a basic measure to stem water shortage, the possibility of less drinking water shortage to the city, the district administration has decided to provide cut in half the amount of water being provided to the industries as a precautionary measure. Accordingly, notification has been sent to industries using 18 mgd water to use only 10 mgd of water from the middle of April.
Water rationing to industries has been started since the water inflow at Thumbay dam has reduced, there has been no rainfall this term and hence the precautionary measure has been taken to prevent the city from facing any water problems.
Along with AMR dam at Shamboor and Thumbay dam, altogether 18 mgd of water is being used by the industries. In order to prevent any water problem to the city, the water supply to the industries has been reduced to 15 mgd since Monday. Thus, it has been decided to save 3 mgd of water daily. From April 1st onwards, this amount of water will be further decreased to 13 mgd. From April 15th onwards, DK district administration has notified for the water supply to be reduced to 10.5 mgd.
In the backdrop of the cut in water supply to the industries, corporation officials have been appointed to supervise the process. They will be doing their duties in 2 shifts, day and night.
In the backdrop of the severe drop in the water inflow in Netravati River, all the gates at Thumbay dam were closed in the middle of November month and water was stored at the level of 6 meters. Currently the water at Thumbay dam is near 5.8 meters. Since 60-70 days remain for the beginning for the monsoons season and in case the water availability at AMR dam at Shamboor and Disha dam reduces, naturally the city may face a shortage in the supply of drinking water. In case there is rain in April, the fear of the lack of water will be kept at bay. But, if there are no rains and if the temperatures keep rising, water rationing is inevitable in the month of May. In other words, water may be provided once in two days, inform sources from the corporation.