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Tamil Nadu water board does SWOT analysis to improve supply

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Chennai: A view of the dried out Puzhal reservoir on the outskirts of Chennai, on June 20, 2019. Chennai and several other places in Tamil Nadu are suffering from water shortage. The ground water levels too have gone down owing to lack of rains. (Photo: IANS) by .
A view of the dried out Puzhal reservoir on the outskirts of Chennai.

The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board said power cuts, pipe damage, pipeline leaks and bursts and overdrawal are the reasons for non-supply of water in some areas in the state…reports Asian Lite News

Chennai: A view of the dried out Puzhal reservoir on the outskirts of Chennai, on June 20, 2019. Chennai and several other places in Tamil Nadu are suffering from water shortage. The ground water levels too have gone down owing to lack of rains. (Photo: IANS) by .
A view of the dried out Puzhal reservoir on the outskirts of Chennai.

It said a strategy for supply of water on war footing has been drawn up.

TWAD Board said arrangement are being made for gensets in locations affected by interruption in power supply, supply of water through tankers to unserved areas, immediate attending to pipeline leaks/bursts and to have standby motors, pumpsets, valves and others items.

Chennai: Locals gather to collect drinking water at a water distribution point amid ongoing water crisis in Chennai, on June 19, 2019. Chennai and several other places in Tamil Nadu are going through water crisis. The reservoirs -- Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft) and Redhills (3,300 mcft) -- which cater to Chennai's water needs are dry while the storage at Poondi reservoir is 24 mcft as against the full capacity of 3,231 mcft, according to the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Chennai Metro). (Photo: IANS) by .
Locals gather to collect drinking water at a water distribution point amid ongoing water crisis in Chennai.

The TWAD Board has taken up SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis, for the last 15 days on all the 556 Combined Water Supply Schemes (CWSS) all over the state, except Chennai, for timely delivery, assured quantity and defined quality of water.

Board officials scientifically explored the strengths and weaknesses of the water distribution system, such as sustainability of water in the storage reservoirs, source augmentation works, creation of flow diversion channels and other possible ways and means to improve the service delivery in overhead tanks, pumping mains and pumping stations.

A special fund of Rs 20 crore has been allotted to district officials to take appropriate measures for quenching the thirst of the people, the board said.

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