Paradip, July 25 (LocalWire): Paradip Port Trust authorities today sounded an alert for water scarcity ironically at a time when there is torrential rain in most parts of the state including the port civil township.
With the dipping water level at the port-run reservoir, the authorities have resorted to rationing drinking water to meet the exigency situation.
Taladanda canal has dried up since the past one week and drinking water supply has been trimmed to once a day in the morning to meet the situation. Later, with improvement in the situation, residents of the civil township and its outskirts will be provided water supply twice daily, said PPT chairman, Rinkesh Roy.
The water restriction has come into force today and will remain in force till further orders. The port is entirely dependent on the canal system dug out during the British Raj. The water sourced from the canal is treated in the treatment plant for domestic supply, said officials of port public health engineering department (environment and civil).
As against three million gallon litres of daily requirement of drinking water, hardly one million gallon litres are being generated every day which triggered the crisis, they said.
Taladanda canal, the lifeline of the bustling industrial hub was renovated with funds from the Asian Development Bank. Following the renovation, the water intake capacity increased in the canal linked with the Mahanadi river system. However, the flow of water in the canal has thinned down of late.
The port town is facing water crisis at periodic intervals. Drawing water from Taladanda canal to meet the needs of the port town is no more a viable option. Therefore, PPT has chalked out a permanent solution.
The port town will have the state’s first desalination drinking water project in the coming days. Through Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) technology, saline water will be converted to safe and sweet drinking water.
The water sourced from the de-salination plant will cater to people living in the port civil town and adjoining suburban areas, added PPT chairman.