BWSSB valve breaches, 5,000 litres of water goes down the drain in 20 mins!

BWSSB valve breaches, 5,000 litres of water goes down the drain in 20 mins!

Submitted by Rashmi on Tue, 2016-06-28 15:15 Bengaluru: At a time when residents of Frazer Town, Cox Town, Benson Town, SK Garden and other surrounding areas were reeling under no water for six days, at least 5,000 litres of drinking water was allowed to go waste bang on the main thoroughfare of the city on Tuesday. Water from a valve on the Cunningham Road stretch opposite High Grounds Police station was breached and for more than 20 minutes water gushed out from the valve. It took BWSSB officials some time to rush to the spot and arrest the flow.Suhas HP, Assistant Executive Engineer, BWSSB (Central division 3) said during the power shut down, the water flow in the pipe disrupts and allows air to get accumulated resulting in building pressure. However, accumulated air pushes the water out and that’s what happened here, he said. Due to irregular power supply, there was no water supply in Frazer Town, Cox Town, Benson Town, SK Garden and other surrounding areas for the last six days. However, the water supply has been resumed now and this has resulted in breach of valve, he added.In the process, the BWSSB has lost about 5,000 liters of water. "We still have to check other valves in the surrounding areas including Cantonment area,” Suhas said. When asked any other alternative method to release air – in order to prevent water wastage – the officer said this is the only method they follow.  Sangappa A, traffic police personnel had a tough timein managing the traffic as the valve breached suddenly and the water gushed out in no time affecting the traffic.“We have no water for close to a week now but there is no solution in sight. Despite complaining, the officials have not visited our wards. We cannot afford to buy water from tankers,” lamented Arifa Idrees, a homemaker at Pottery Town.​