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The Coimbatore Corporation is planning to use the Pilloor Phase I scheme infrastructure to pump in more water to the city. —
COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation is planning to augment drinking water supply to meet the increased demand during summer.
Sources in the civic body said water supply managers had written to the State Government seeking consent to supply an additional quantity 20 million litres a day (mld). This would be in addition to the 62.5 mld the city was getting at present.
The Corporation's effort comes in the backdrop of its estimate that water supply from Siruvani Dam would come down by 15 – 20 mld in the next two months. At present, the city gets around 85 mld.
Sources said that to meet the shortfall, the Corporation had proposed to pump 20 mld more from Pilloor Dam by using the pipelines laid for the Pilloor Phase II scheme. At present the Corporation gets 62.5 of the 125 mld pumped under the Pilloor Phase I scheme. The rest goes to other local bodies.
About a fortnight ago, the Corporation officials met engineers from the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board and Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) (formerly TNEB) to explore the possibility of pumping more water.
They said it was decided to use two standby motors at the head works station and a similar number near the treatment plant to pump the additional quantity of water. At present, four each are being used.
TANGEDCO engineers had promised to supply the necessary power for the additional water supply. The Pilloor Phase II scheme works are expected to be completed by April-end and till then the additional supply is expected to continue.
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