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Supply of contaminated water continues in Krishnagiri

S. Prasad

A new water treatment plant is being constructed, says Collector



Cause for concern: People complain that the water supplied from KRP Dam is contaminated. –

Krishnagiri: The continued supply of contaminated water from the KRP dam to Krishnagiri residents remains a serious cause for concern. Residents in most of the areas in Krishnagiri town are up in arms against the municipality for failing to tackle the problem.

The Krishnagiri Reservoir Project built across the Thenpennaiar River is the main source of drinking water supply to Krishnagiri town, Sundekuppan and numerous wayside villages. In addition water from the dam is also used in Kaveripattinam and 16 other villages to meet their irrigation needs.

The river has its origin in Nandhi hills in Karnataka.

It is said that release of untreated sewage from Bangalore city into the Thenpennaiar River has been the main reason for contamination.

With the river water already contaminated with sewage and other effluents at Alsoor in Karnataka the river gets further polluted before entering Varathur and Bagalur in Karnataka. From Bagalur the water reaches Kelavarapalli in Hosur where another dam exists and reaches the Krishnagiri dam.

Sources in the PWD pointed out that due to the strong contamination of water a treatment plant was set up by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD).

Though water from Kelavarapalli is treated before supply it is only used for industrial purposes.

Residents allege that water from Krishnagiri is not fit for consumption.

Due to high deposits of algae in the dam the water is green in colour and emanates a foul smell.

The water has to be filtered two times and boiled before consumption, says R. Natarajan a resident.

When contacted Collector Santhosh Babu said that a new water treatment plant is being constructed in Krishnagiri at an outlay of Rs.151.73 lakh to treat polluted water from Bangalore.

The plant has a capacity to treat 7.34 million litres a day. The plant will be commissioned in the next three months.

The district administration will test water samples and initiate steps to treat the water before effecting its supply.

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