Tamil Nadu

Chennai’s groundwater levels rise after November – India

CHENNAI: With Chennai receiving copious amounts of rainfall ever since the monsoon began, groundwater levels have again seen an improvement compared to November.

Promising enough drinking water for the next one year, sources from the Chennai Metro Water department said they will reduce purchase of water from Nemmeli and Minjur desalination plants for about three months. 

In December, groundwater level had improved by nearly one metre compared to November 2020, according to official data of the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB). 

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Pipe laying work begins at Nemmeli desalination plant – India

Earlier this week, Metrowater started laying a 49 km-pipeline to carry water from the under construction desalination plant in Nemmeli to various areas till Pallavaram.

Like many others, the pandemic has affected the progress of the project to build a third plant in Nemmeli.

The ₹1,259.38 crore project to build another desalination plant along East Coast Road may get delayed by a few months beyond its December 2021 deadline.

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Metrowater project to provide water to 4 areas gets clearance – India

The Expert Appraisal Committee of the Environment Ministry has recommended CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) clearance to a project of the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) to provide comprehensive water supply to Madipakkam, Mathur, Jalladampettai and Uthandi village.

CMWSSB aims to provide water to these areas from the existing desalination plants at Minjur in North Chennai and Nemmeli in South Chennai.

The Board had applied for CRZ clearance for construction of a water distribution station and laying of a water distribution network at Uthandi village to enable it to provide water to these areas.

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International bidders invited for desalination project – Chennai – India

In four years, the city’s thirst will be successfully quenched as the Chennai Metro Water has invited international bidders to build a 400-MLD capacity seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant at Perur along the East Coast Road in Kancheepuram district.

It is also awaiting funds from the World Bank for a project aimed at recharging waterbodies with recycled water. 

The desalination plant that may begin operation by 2024 could reduce city’s water troubles to a great extend, a top Metro Water  official told Express.

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Chennai to get fourth desalination plant, city reservoirs have enough water to last till summer – India

CHENNAI: The city’s thirst for water could be quenched in the next four years as Chennai Metro Water has started looking for international bidders to build the 400 MLD (million litres a day) capacity sea water reverse osmosis desalination plant at Perur along the East Coast Road in Thiruporur block of Kancheepuram district.

Not only that, Metro Water is also looking to use recycled water for recharging water bodies from where it will be used for drinking water purposes and is awaiting funds from the World Bank.

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Ullagaram-Puzhuthivakkam now gets piped water – Chennai – India

The residents of Ullagaram-Puzhuthivakkam have begun getting piped water, nearly a decade after the area was added to the city corporation limits.

The underground sewage system became operational more than three years ago.

A senior Metrowater official said work on laying pipelines to supply water began a few years ago in the area which is criss-crossed by 547 streets.

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Residents of Kannagi Nagar and Ezhil Nagar complain of erratic water supply – Chennai – India

For three months now, water supply to the Kannagi Nagar and Ezhil Nagar tenements has been erratic and of poor quality, residents have complained.

Water stored in underground sumps and supplied through hand pumps is the only water source for the nearly 23,700 tenements in Kannagi Nagar and about 8,000 tenements in Ezhil Nagar.

N. Mallika, a resident of Kannagi Nagar, said much of the water collected often has to be wasted as it was either discoloured or had a foul smell.

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One year after the drought: Has Chennai learned from its water crisis? – India

One year ago, Chennai suffered a historic drought. For nearly 200 days, the metropolis of 7 million people facing the Bay of Bengal in eastern India went without a drop of rain, pushing it to breaking point.

Already strained by a burgeoning population, water supply eventually hit rock bottom, upending the economy and the lives of the city’s residents.

As families across Chennai struggled to find water to wash, cook and keep businesses afloat, the state of Tamil Nadu came under fire for failing to prepare for and deal with the crippling shortage.

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Desalination plant near Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park to get CRZ clearance – India

The Tamil Nadu Water and Drainage Board’s (TWAD) proposal to set up a 60 MLD Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant at Kuthiraimozhi village in Ramanathapuram has been recommended for CRZ clearance by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Environment Ministry after a modified proposal was submitted.

The proposal was earlier not cleared owing to the location being within the eco-senstive zone of the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, to be precise, only 25 metres from its boundary.

The TWAD filed a modified proposal to the EAC for clearance submitting that the intake and brine disposal point has been shifted away the eco-sensitive area.

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South Chennai to get water from alternative sources – India

Chennai Metrowater is drawing additional water from Chembarambakkam reservoir to maintain piped water supply in south Chennai to offset the gap in distribution following the shutdown of the desalination plant in Nemmeli.

The water agency stopped supply from the desalination plant since Tuesday.

The plant has a capacity to supply 100 million litres a day to various parts of south Chennai. It has, however, resumed piped water supply with alternative sources from waterbodies in Chembarambakkam and Veeranam.

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