Bengaluru is experiencing a serious water emergency. The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board has said that since Bengaluru’s water utilization achieved an unsurpassed high – 1453 MLD, Presently with taps running dry, everybody has water tankers on their speed dial. On the off chance that BWSSB can’t supply channeled water, it supplies water through tankers. BWSSB should supply 2000 liters of water to each house every day at whatever point funneled water supply is disturbed, says a BWSSB official. The water board has available to its 69 tankers to supply water to regions which don’t get water supply.
But have you checked the condition of water tankers in the city? Well, Bangalore Mirror did for you. We checked about eight BWSSB water tankers in Domlur and CV Raman Nagar and found 3 to be rusted inside.
This reporter and our photographer peered into the tankers, which were parked at the pumping stations, to see if they were well-maintained according to stipulated standards. Sadly, some were not.
While BWSSB is supposed to set the standards for private water suppliers to follow, it fell woefully short. If BWSSB is not keeping standards, how will private tankers, who charge astronomical amounts of money?
When there’s a shortage of water supply, one is glad to see a water tanker appear on one’s door step after multiple phone calls and waiting for many hours. In such circumstances, consumers are hardly likely to run a
check on the quality of water tankers and the water they’re carrying. Water tankers should have an EPI (Ethoxylated poleythyiemine) coating to prevent hazardous chemical reactions between the tanker’s metal and the salts that are dissolved in the water it carries.
“Due to acute shortage of water, residents usually focus on fetching water from the water tanker and do not to check whether the water tanker is clean or not. I want the BWSSB authorities to focus on cleanlines. Bangalore Mirror columnists went around checking BWSSB water tankers at different filling stations; (over) our journalist can be seen inclining toward the tankerExpressing stun over the regrettable state of BWSSB water tankers, occupants of New Thippasandra, Malleshpalya, GM Palya, Michael Palya and different zones, needed the BWSSB specialists to guarantee that water tanker were in a decent condition.
“We expected water tankers owned by the BWSSB to be in a good condition but it is shocking to know that water is being supplied through rusty water tankers. The authorities must take measures to either coat these
water tankers with EPI or procure new water tankers to replace the old and rusty ones,’’ says Hemanth Kumar, a resident. According to reliable sources, the BWSSB has to spend Rs 10,000 on each water tanker for EPI coating. Sources said there is no time limit for the durability of each EPI coating. The condition of the EPI coated water tanker depends on the quality of water it carries.
“There is no issue with the water tankers appended to Domlur water siphoning station. I guarantee EPI covering at whatever point it is important,” says Dhanavanth, Assistant Engineer, BWSSB. When reached, the BBMP West Zone Health Officer Dr Balasundar A S has said the supply of drinking water through corroded water tankers would adversely affect the individuals who expend this water.”People who drink such water will experience the ill effects of gastritis. It isn’t prudent to drink water provided through corroded water tankers. In spite of the fact that we don’t have the ability to catch such water tankers, we are constantly prepared to advise the experts worried to guarantee water supply through clean water tankers,” says Dr Balasundar.
Meanwhile, BWSSB Assistant Chief Engineer, Gangadhara B S said that most of the water tankers are EPI coated and clean. “I will direct all the engineers concerned to check water tankers and take measures to keep