Residents of Mangaluru city are facing a scarcity of drinking water, with the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) rationing water on alternate days. The decision to ration water was made late due to pressure from legislative assembly elections, but officials are trying their best to ensure all areas receive water. However, the water pressure is low.
As part of the rationing system, the city and Suratkal areas receive water on alternate days, while water supply to construction sites and service stations has been stopped. Tanker water supply has been increased to meet demand, with multi-storey buildings and commercial complexes receiving water from tankers.
Despite the rationing, the water level at Thumbe vented dam was only 3.83 meters on Wednesday, which may last for only 10-15 days. If the situation worsens, there are chances that water supply may be reduced to once every two days. The only solution is to use water judiciously to conserve it.
However, there is some hope on the horizon, as certain rural areas and parts of the plateau have been receiving rainfall every day in the evening. Officials say that if the amount of rain increases and water begins to flow in rivers, the drinking water issue may be resolved quickly.
MCC Commissioner Channabasappa has assured the public that efforts are being made to supply drinking water to all residents, and care is being taken not to burden them with water scarcity. The amount of water getting evaporated from the Thumbe vented dam has also been increased, with water from the lower part of the dam being filled through 13 pumps.