Mangaluru City is facing a severe shortage of drinking water as the water level at Thumbe Vented Dam is depleting at an alarming rate. The situation has led to the rationing of water in the city for the past few days.
According to the officials from Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC), the water level in Thumbe Dam was down to 4.03 meters at the beginning of this week. If it doesn’t rain in the coming days, the MCC will have to change the pattern of rationing. Currently, water supply is being provided to the south part of the city on one day and the north part on the next, and vice versa.
In previous years, during rationing of drinking water, supply was done through tankers by filling water from wells. However, this time around, it is not possible as water in most of the wells is contaminated. The water from underground drainage has seeped into well water, changing its color and odor. Similarly, the water from ponds cannot be used for drinking purposes, and the MCC has not yet thought of supplying water from the lakes.
Many hotels and residential complexes are suffering from an acute shortage of water, and many auspicious occasions are taking place in the district, causing even more concern among residents. While some residents have resorted to purchasing water from private tankers, the majority are struggling to cope with the situation.