People within Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) limits are in for a tough summer ahead, with the mayor on Thursday March 16 announcing measures to curb supply of drinking water to the city in view of the low water level in Netravati river.
Addressing a press meet here, mayor Kavita Sanil said that as the inflow into the Netravati river has stopped, the water stored in Thumbe and AMR dams will be used to meet the drinking water demands of the city till the end of May, or till monsoons begin.
From March 20, water supply within MCC limits will be stopped every Monday from 6 am till Tuesday 6 pm.
Water supply will be restored from Tuesday 6 pm till Thursday 6 pm.
Again, there will be no water from Thursday 6 pm to Friday 6 am.
Water will be supplied as usual between Friday 6 am till Monday 6 am.
In a nutshell, the water supply will be stalled and restored every 36 hours, except between Thursday evening and Friday morning. Altogether, there will be no water for 48 hours a week.
The above schedule will be followed till the end of summer, the mayor said.
The myor said that the decision has been taken in the interest of the citizens, and requested the public to cooperate.
"Last year we faced acute shortage of water and were dragged to critical situation. In order to avoid such problems, concerete measures are being taken. If monsoon arrives in the district, the order will be withdrawn.
"The present water level in AMR dam is 6.25m which can be used for 40 days, in Thumbe dam it is 4.15m, which can be used for 20 days," she said.