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CM orders for 830 MLD of drinking water

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has ordered for an increase of around 300 MLD of daily drinking water for Chennai city.

CM orders for 830 MLD of drinking water


With reservoirs that supply the city rapidly nearing their full capacity, despite the copious rainfall, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today ordered for the supply of daily drinking water for Chennai city, to increase from the present supply of 535 MLD to 830 MLD. 

“I have ordered supply of 830 MLD of water every day for Chennai city. This will ensure that people will receive adequate supply of drinking water every day,” she said in a statement.

Poondi, Cholavaram, Redhills and Chembarambakkam reservoirs supply drinking water to the city and their combined full storage level is 11,057 mcft. On the same day last year the combined storage was only 2,946 mcft. Also, the New Veeranam Scheme, two desalination plants and hired farm wells in Tiruvallur district too cater to the needs of Chennai. 

“Based on the storage in reservoirs here, supplies from two desalination plants and inflow from New Veeranam (Tank) Scheme-I have ordered supply of 830 MLD to Chennai city,” she said, adding, “As per my order, there were 8,500 water tanks installed in the city and 6,000 lorries were arranged for supply of metro water.” As of now 9,053 million cubic feet of water is available in the reservoirs that quench Chennai city. Suburban Avadi, Ambattur, Ullagaram, and Puzhuthivakkam too would get piped water supply as work to provide drinking water is complete, she said.

No shortage 
  • Monsoons have raised the storage of reservoirs to capacity 
  • Combined storage of reservoirs stands at 9.5tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) 
  • Increased water release was based on the present storage, supply from desalination plants at Nemmili and Minjur (with a capacity to treat 100 million litres a day) and Veeranam scheme as well as farm wells in Tiruvallur.

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