Suburbs Battle Water Crisis as Wells Go Dry

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CHENNAI: The brunt of summer may have passed, but residents in the suburbs are still feeling parched as they battle a severe water crisis. Residents in areas like Ananoor, Thirumullaivoyal, Ayapakkam, Tambaram, Pallavaram and Avadi say the groundwater levels in their localities have dipped drastically, forcing them to sink new borewells. Local body administrators are also looking for supplementary resources to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

While sinking a borewell is a solution, the affair is expensive. A borewell 200-feet deep costs around Rs75,000. Ramachandra Rao, a resident of Ananoor said, “Last week we had to sink a 300-feet deep borewell.

With so many new buildings cropping up, the water demand has increased and the ground water table has plummeted.” Residents alleged that the current situation is due to poor water management by authorities and failure to implement projects meant to rejuvenate groundwater. The areas, which experience above average rainfall, have seen no efforts to preserve water, said conservationist T K Ramkumar.

“Intensive rainwater harvesting and revival of lakes will help the residents. Authorities should ensure that sewage is not let into the lakes. These water bodies should be used to store rainwater,” he said.

Residents in several areas in west Tambaram and adjoining Chitlapakkam Town Panchayat said they get drinking water only once in a week. Tambaram Municipality officials, while admitting that the groundwater table had dipped drastically, said they have been supplementing the deficiency by sinking additional borewells which enhanced supply by 25 lakh litres per day. While Palar river bed is a major source of water, official have been forced to look for alternate means.

Tambaram and Pallavam are two of the biggest municipalities in the city`s southern subrubs. While Tambaram municipality requires 125 litres per capita daily (lpcd), Pallavaram requires around 55 lpcd. .

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