Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that a year-long programme will be implemented to increase water availability and ensure the quality of water.Top priorityAddressing a meeting at the district collectorate here on Monday to review the drought relief measures being undertaken by the district administration, Mr. With catchment areas receiving copious rains in the past two days, water level in the Mullaperiyar dam on Sunday rose to 135.7 feet, against the maximum permissible storage level of 136 feet. The district administration assured that there was no reason to panic but opened three control rooms to monitor the situation and help people in case of emergency. According to official sources, two spillways of the dam have been opened as the water level rose by about five feet on Saturday. The flow of water towards Tamil Nadu, however, has been reduced as the reservoirs and canals of adjoining districts of the State are full on account of heavy rains in the past two days, sources said.
Meanwhile, a team of scientists are conducting inspection in the Mullaperiyar area to ascertain the impact of recent tremors on the dam. Kerala has escalated the demand for construction of a new dam at Mullaperiyar holding that the present structure posed a grim threat to nearly 3 million people, mainly in Idukki, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts.
Both the ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front and the opposition Left Democratic Front have also sought urgent Central intervention to resolve the tiff between the two States by persuading Tamil Nadu to agree to the idea of a new dam.
Bombay, or Mumbai as it's now officially known, is considered by many to be India's most westernized city. A resident of Konavaikalpalayam holds up a bottle containing contaminated drinking water on Saturday.
A lab technician testing water by H2S method of analysis, at district laboratory at Attavar in Mangalore on Wednesday. Water in some areas under the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) is unfit for consumption, according to sample tests done by the civic body in the past six months. The samples were tested at the district laboratory under the Department of Health and Family Welfare, according to MCC Health Officer (in-charge) Sudarshan C.M. Some of the areas from where the samples were collected were Jeppu, Kankanady, Bolar, Kulshekar, Marnamikatte, Ashoknagar and Karangalpady.
Chandy said that projects like construction of check dams and rain water harvesting units and purification of water in ponds and stone quarries will be given priority by the State government.Instructions had been given to convene Assembly constituency-level meetings from Wednesday to resolve drinking water shortage. Founded on the coast of the Arabian Sea by the Portuguese, it has taken just 500 years for this aboriginal fishing settlement to become a sprawling city of thirteen million people.


Sudarshan said wells have been found contaminated due to factors associated with urbanisation.
Sudarshan said that the consumption of contaminated water would result in severe gastroenterititis, stomach ache, dehydration and in some cases pus in the liver. He will inaugurate a water harvesting expo titled "Siruthuli peruvellama‚ā¨¬¶Andrum Indrum" on July 17, 2010. Senior officials authorised by the district collector should attend such meetings.The Kerala State Electricity Board had been asked to draw dedicated lines to ensure pumping from sources with ready availability of water. India is located in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan. Bombay generates 35 percent of India's GNP, its port handles half the country's foreign trade, and its movie industry is the biggest in the world. A little later the residents noted something amiss in that the water was turbid and carried a bad odour.Soon the message spread among the residents who directed the water into the sewage. In some cases people had allowed waste water to storm water drains, resulting in the contamination of underground water. He said in houses where samples were found unfit for drinking no such health problems were reported. Disconnection of power connection to any drinking water project on account of pending dues should be restored on Tuesday, Mr. They gave us this idea during the Nurture Nature ecology camps we conducted for them during summer,” Managing Trustee of Siruthuli, Vanitha Mohan told presspersons on Wednesday.
Chandy said.Stringent actionSteps will be taken to replace faulty motors in minor irrigation projects. Rajeswari, a resident of Subburaya Mudali Street, said that she noticed the water quality only after being alerted by a neighbour.The water she checked in the sump at her house carried poultry waste, pigeon feathers, hair and much more. Two squads centred in Ernakulam and Muvattupuzha will be deployed to check water theft and stringent action will be taken against the guilty. Model of river NoyyalThe corner stone of the event would be a model of river Noyyal, showing how clear it was at the point of origin and how it was increasingly polluted as it reached the city and flowed towards the Noyyal Village in Erode District where it joined the Cauvery river.Explaining the reason for holding such an event, Ms. Sarala, a resident of Valluvar Street, said that the water quality was so bad that the residents would not be able to use it.


Mohan said Siruthuli began its water resources conservation drive in 2003 by removing silt from the tanks in the city and strengthening their bunds.
These projects are expected to resolve the drinking water shortage in the district to a great extent.Mr.
They also stopped Aliyar water supply and switched to supplying Siruvani water to the residents.The sources said that they had supplied four lorry loads of water. Chandy directed convening of a meeting of MLAs and Kerala Water Authority officials to resolve the issues related to drinking water projects in Mulavoor, Asamannoor, and Prayipra regions.The Chief Minister asked the KWA to ensure supply of more water in Kannamaly regions on alternate days. Aside from that they were digging at various points along the water supply line to check where the contamination could have happened. Once they identified the point of contamination, they would replace the pipeline, flush out the contaminated water and restart supply afresh. Joseph said that availability of funds was not an issue for the implementation of projects. The Gee Dee group would demonstrate the functions of a mobile treatment plant, which could even to recycle domestic waste water.Traditional dance forms such as kuda koothu and mallakhamb, a form of gymnastics (all related to water) would be performed. Coca Cola involvementOn why Siruthuli had teamed up with Coca Cola to conserve a water resource in Tiruvallur District, when the soft drink firm had been accused of exploiting ground water for commercial purposes at Plachimada in Kerala, Ms. Mohan said the company was not drawing water from the targeted water resource in Tiruvallur.
The minister also asked department officials to ensure the cleanliness of water sources.Call for fundsBenny Behanan, MLA, demanded more funds for drought relief works in the district and its utilization should be under the supervision of the Sub-Collector. Sarma, MLA, called for immediate completion of the pipe network connecting the pumping line in Paravur with various areas in Vypeen. Satheeshan, MLA, called for the efficient utilisation of funds allocated for drought relief works.



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