Chennai hoteliers grapple with water crisis, appeal to state govt for help

Hotels in the city are gearing up for a dry summer ahead and their businesses could be affected in the coming months.

Summer is here and along with it come the water woes. Tamil Nadu is suffering from one of the worst droughts and its effect is being felt in Chennai. The city's top hotels are now grappling with a water crisis, and are appealing to the state government to come to their rescue.

A month before peak summer hits, Chennai is staring at a massive water crisis. And the hospitality sector has been hit hard. Hotels in the city are gearing up for a dry summer ahead and their businesses could be affected in the coming months. Add to this the fact that water prices have peaked considering the high demand.

"We are forced to buy water from private bodies now and their prices have increased to Rs 2500 from Rs 1500 for a lorry load of water and that's just one of the many challenges we face," said Srinivas, secretary of the TN hotels association.

Meanwhile, 5-star hotels are doing all they can to conserve water but keeping in mind their large scale requirements, it's not an easy task.

"Besides all our appliances having timers, we've installed a recycling plant to ensure we conserve water even for our swimming pools. This has ensured we consume 25-30 per cent less water than usual," said Shabin Sarvotam, senior general manager of GRT Grand Hotel.

Many hotels like GRT are also trying to spread awareness among their consumers with simple messages on how they can help conserve water.

The metro water supply is now being rationed to ensure there's adequate water for the coming months for Chennaities. And with no respite in sight, hotels are now appealing to the state government to help them out before the crisis takes a toll on their business.