The Mangaluru City Corporation in Dakshina Kannada district, on Friday, announced that the water levels in the Thumbe reservoir have dropped precariously, and water supply from the reservoir may not last for more than a week.
Dakshina Kannada is one of the 3 districts in Karnataka where drought was not declared in 2015.
According to Mangaluru's deputy mayor Sumithra Kariya, the dry Sarapadi dam has not been supplying water to the Thumbe reservoir, from which the corporation distributes water to the city, for over a week now.
Sumithra, who was part of the team inspecting the dams said that the water level in the Thumbe reservoir had fallen to just six feet. Even though they have been supplying water to residents only once every 3 days, the corporation said, drinking water supplies would not last for more than a week.
"Arrangements to bring water from lakes around the city are being made to meet the demand for drinking water," said Sumithra.
Four days ago, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd had to initiate a partial shutdown of some of its units. MRPL informed the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at 12.45 pm that it would be shutting down a few units and running a few units at reduced capacity following the restrictions imposed by the district administration on water consumption for industrial uses.