Bengaluru has been associated to Singapore, many times. But, when it comes to checking leakage and water-pilferage, we are not even close to Dhaka.
What BWSSB Has To Say on Stopping Water Leak?
The chairman of Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Tushar Girinath said that Bangalore will have to wait for three more decades to fix such problems. Singapore and the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka provide well-planned administration to the citizens. The percentage of water leakages in these countries is as down as 4 – 5%. However, in Bengaluru the percentage of water leakage is close to 37.59%. According to Tushar Girinath, we will able to bring it down to 5% only by 2050.
Tushar Girinath mentioned other countries like London that have been struggling to prevent the water leakage problem. He added that Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board has the capacity of supplying 1,400 million litres of Cauvery water to the city every day.
However, only 1,350 million litre of water gets supplied every day, of which, 37.59% gets wasted due to leakage. He did highlight that the board is working towards controlling leakage and stop water leak. They are hoping that the leakage will be brought down by .25% by the end of 2030.
Why are we struggling to stop water leak?
Bengaluru is definitely struggling to check and stop water leak, but if you are wondering what’s stopping us. Here are some reasons
- Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board spends more than Rs 10 lakh every day to pump drinking water to the city. This water is supplied to the city from various centres like Tathaguni, T K Halli, Harohalli and many others, which are quite far from the city. So, to bring the water in, without any losses is a big challenge.
- Another reason is that the pipelines are old and rusted, which have caused severe leakages in past and continues to do so. Currently, 1,350 million litre of water gets supplied every day, of which, 37.59% gets wasted due to leakage.
The Upcoming Plans
Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board is planning to replace the old pipelines with new ones and spend more on water leak repair. But at times, leakage happens because many people take illegal connections by hoodwinking the officials at Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board.
This is the reason that Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board officials are not able to maintain a proper account of the amount of water being supplied to the city. As on today, there are 7,000 illegal connections in the city, out of which 5,000 have been disconnected.