Amid flood waters everywhere, there is a major drinking water crisis in Kochi.
Kochi: The financial capital of Kerala is ironically facing a major drinking water crisis even as flood waters have marooned many places.
As the water level in Periyar continues to rise, Kochi and many parts of Ernakulam district are heading towards a severe drinking water crisis. The Kerala Water Authority (KWA) has been forced to stop pumping at all treatment plants in the district, including those in Aluva, Chovara, Maradu and Mooppathadam.
“The pump houses have been submerged and it won’t be possible to treat and supply water. Earlier, we had to face the issue of high turbidity. Now, we are completely helpless as water-level has been rising,” said a KWA official. The officials urged people to store water at residential and commercial buildings to tide over the crisis.
Chief engineer of KWA at central regions said the authorities have stocked water in tankers for emergency needs.
Meanwhile, KWA officials said residents will be forced to depend on water supplied by tanker trucks. As the situations has been worsening, the water authority was unable to predict when it would be able to resume activities.