nod for supplying untreated water to flats restaurants

KOCHI: The district administration will soon permit water tanker owners to supply untreated water to restaurants and apartments having proper treatment facilities.

The move is aimed at redressing the city's water crisis. "Separate permits will be issued to tanker owners soon to supply untreated water. However, they will be allowed to supply water only to those apartments that have water treatment facilities. Permission will also be given to tankers to draw water from the Periyar river," said district collector P I Sheik Pareeth.

He had convened a meeting on Friday to chalk out a plan in this regard. He discussed the matter with food safety officials and other departments concerned.

The decision was taken after apartments and restaurants in the city experienced acute water shortage. The supply through tankers had decreased drastically over the past few days with the drying up of wells and other water sources. The closure of two water sources had further aggravated the crisis.

The district administration will also take steps to differentiate tankers supplying untreated water from those supplying drinking water. Tankers supplying untreated water will sport a different colour and it will be decided at the next meeting with the regional transport authority.

Meanwhile, apartment dwellers continue to face acute water shortage. Though many apartment associations have introduced a rationing system, it had failed to yield the intended result. "The Kerala Water Authority supply is sufficient enough to meet the drinking water requirements. Authorities should immediately allow tankers to supply untreated water," said Abad Oriental Gardens apartment owners' association secretary C K S Nair.

Source - Times Of India (TOI).