Following the shutdown of the desalination plant in Nemmeli, the water agency Chennai Metrowater has started drawing additional water from Chembarambakkam reservoir to keep up piped water supply in south Chennai . The step has been taken to bridge the gap in water supply due to shutdown of desalination plant.
The water supply to the area was stopped by the water agency since Tuesday, March 17, due to plant shhutdown. However, Chennai Metrowater has resumed water supply from alternative sources from waterbodies in Chembarambakkam and Veeranam.
The plant had the capacity to supply 100 million litres of water on a daily basis to various parts of south Chennai
As per the Metrowater officials, the supply gap has been bridged by drawing extra 100 million litres from the Chembarambakkam reservoir.
Presently, the reservoir has 1,990 million cubic feet of water against its capacity of 3,231 million cubic feet.
Further, the officials said that as Chennai is continuing to receive nearly 706 cusecs of Krishna water from Andhra Pradesh, there would be enough water in the reservoirs for the upcoming summer.
Moreover, around 30 million litres a day (mld) out of the 180 mld of water brought through a giant pipeline from Veeranam tank in Cuddalore district is being moved to south Chennai areas such as Sholinganallur, Perungudi and Injambakkam, officials added. The alternate supply will contine till the plant is repaired and ready for functioning to its capacity again.