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Water Crisis Grips Dakshina Kannada District

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In a separate development, Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka grapples with a water crisis, echoing the challenges faced by Bengaluru. Educational institutions bear the brunt of this crisis, with concerns looming over the possibility of school and college closures due to dwindling water supplies.

The depletion of water levels at the Thumbay dam exacerbates the situation, prompting fears of water rationing in affected areas if rainfall fails to replenish water sources.

Educational institutions, particularly those dependent on water supplied by the Mangaluru City Corporation, face acute shortages. The precarious situation extends to hostels accommodating students, with 15 post-metric hostels in Dakshina Kannada, including those in Mangaluru, experiencing severe water scarcity.

Authorities in the region are resorting to tanker supplies to address immediate water needs, but the looming threat of prolonged scarcity persists. The district administration grapples with the challenge of ensuring adequate water supply to over 7,000 students on the NITK campus at Suratkal, highlighting the urgency of sustainable water management strategies in the face of mounting environmental pressures.

BWSSB Implements Water Supply Cuts in Bengaluru

Meanwhile, in Bengaluru, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) announces plans to reduce water supply by 10% for consumers utilizing between 40 lakh and 2 crores litres daily. This measure, slated to commence on April 10, aims to mitigate the impact of the ongoing water crisis on large residential complexes and establishments.

Furthermore, the BWSSB shifts focus towards sustainable water usage practices, supplying recycled water for construction activities to alleviate pressure on potable water resources. This initiative follows the board’s earlier ban on the use of drinking water for non-essential purposes, reflecting efforts to conserve water amidst escalating demand and dwindling reserves.

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