Water Scarcity in Kochi as Aluva pump disrupted for 4th day

Published on: 04 Dec, 2012
Published under: Ernakulam District News, General Kerala News

3 Dec 2012

Kochi has been facing water problem from long time and the water that it gets from Aluva was stopped due to increase in salinity in periyar river. According to Kerala Water Authority officials, the maximum saline content on Sunday stood at 300 parts per million (ppm) against 900ppm on Saturday. They said the saline level has come down after releasing additional quantity of water from the Bhoothathankettu dam.

KWA chief engineer A K Ramani said saline water enters the river during the high tide. The issue can be solved once the temporary bund at Purapallikkavu gets ready which is expected to become functional by Tuesday.Due to the disruption of pumping from Aluva, the total shortage of water for the last four days was 165-180 million liters per day (MLD). While the shortage on the first day (Thursday) was 25-30MLD, it stood at a maximum of 50-60MLD on Friday. The supply shortage on Saturday and Sunday was 50MLD and 25-30 MLD, respectively.

Even as salinity level near Aluva pump house has almost reached normalcy, pumping from Muppathadam has been hit since Saturday. An official with KWA said that it was the first time that pumping from Muppathadam pump house, from where 15 million litters per day (MLD) was disrupted.

Areas like Kadangallur, Alangad and Karumallor are also effected by this disrupting of Aluva pump.


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