In order to ensure that the city is prepared to deal with water shortage this summer, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is taking adequate steps. Bengaluru Mayor R Sampath Raj announced that 68 water tankers will be kept on standby following a meeting with BWSSB officials on Tuesday.
“Water scarce areas have been identified in each division and service-station areas. Senior officers of the Water Board will conduct intensive inspections to ensure water supply is intact,” the Mayor was quoted by The Times of India as saying.
A control room for this purpose will be set up and manned by BWSSB officials.
“Contact details of officials from all 108 service stations of the BWSSB will be made available to the public to approach them during the water crisis. Public can call BWSSB’s 24X7 helpline 1916 and 080-2223888,” a BWSSB official is quoted as saying in the same report.
However, the Mayor clarified that the city is not staring at a crisis.
Deccan Herald quoted him as saying, "No need to worry for the next three months. Rains are expected after the summer. There is no water crisis in the city as reported by a section of the media. BWSSB has made all the necessary preparations.”
Even in 2017, the BWSSB had kept a total of 100 tankers on standby since February after three successive drought years.
The Hindu reported that the BWSSB officials have cleaned 1600 existing borewell mini water tanks to ensure supply of clean water and assured that water contamination will be prevented with regular sample tests at the Central Water Testing Laboratory.
Recently, the Supreme Court in its Cauvery verdict on February 16 had awarded Karnataka 14.5 tmc ft of water more, after taking into account Bengaluru’s drinking water needs. Bengaluru previously received 18.25 tmc ft of water from the Cauvery. With the present allocation, Bengaluru will receive a total of 23 tmc ft. However, for Bengaluru, Karnataka had demanded a total of 30 tmc ft of water.