Water supply will be affected in Bengaluru due to refurbishing by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) on Sunday and Monday.
Cauvery water supply for the entire city will be affected as pumping stations at TK Halli, Harohalli and Tatagani will not be functional. An official release from the BWSSB further stated that pumping stations at Torekadanahalli, Harohalli and Tataguni, where Cauvery water is treated before it is pumped to the city, will not be functional between 8 am and 2 am.
“The work of replacement of 220KV metering CT & PT for refurbishment of surge protection system is proposed to be taken on 21.07.19 and 22.07.19. In view of this CWSS Stage 1,2,3,4, phase 1 & 2 pumping system at T.K.halli, Harohalli and Tataguni will not be functioning on 21.07.19 to 22.07.19 (08:00am- 2:00am), which may disrupt water supply on these two days in entire Bangalore City. Public are requested to cooperate with the Board,” reads a statement issued by the BWSSB.
"The work will disrupt the Cauvery Water Supply Scheme (CWSS) across all stages and phases and thus affecting the entire city,” a BWSSB engineer told Deccan Herald.
The Cauvery Stage IV, Phase II water supply project was implemented in 2007 and was wrapped up around 2013. It was put into effect in order to meet Bengaluru’s demands for fresh water supply.
This is not the first time that such an instance has taken place. In December 2018, the BWSSB had issued a similar statement in view of leakage along a pipeline dug 7 meters below the ground. At the time, it issued a release announcing that water would not be available for 12 hours due to the leak in one of the major pipelines which brought water into the city. The shutdown lasted from midnight on December 3 to noon.
According to reports, the affected areas were supplied water under stage IV phase II of the Cauvery Water Supply Project. “The leak is a major one and was located nearly 400m from Netkal Balancing Reservoir, which brings water from TK Halli to the city,” BWSSB Chairman Tushar Girinath had stated to TNIE at the time.