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Milestone:

2nd March, 2024: 
Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar announced that the BWSSB will be regulating all private water tankers and borewells. Any private tanker or borewell will now be required to register with the BWSSB before 7th March 2024.

Demand BWSSB and BBMP to adopt and implement concrete measures to ensure adequate water supply for Bengaluru’s residents.

Addressed to:

  1. Dr Ram Prasath Manohar, Chairman BWSSB (Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board)

  2. Tushar Girinath, Chief Commissioner BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike)

  3. DK Shivakumar Minister for Water Resources Department Karnataka


Our demands:

  1. Short-term

How can we get water to the people now?

  • BBMP must regulate and subsidise the prices of all Water Tankers.

  • BBMP and BWSSB should actively communicate water supply timings and durations prior to water supply cuts via SMS or calls.

  • BWSSB should ensure that all wastewater is treated and supplied to households and commercial establishments for non-consumption purposes.


  1. Medium-term

What can ensure water supply in the near future/coming years?

  • Commercial establishments and RWAs must ensure adherence to water conservation policies such as the BWSSB Rainwater Harvesting Regulations and Guidelines. Harvested rainwater must be stored and used directly. 

  • Introduce metering of water usage for each residential unit to maintain accountability for water usage.

  • Mandating industries and commercial establishments to use only tanker-treated water for non-consumption purposes.

  • Run awareness campaigns and issue advisories to educate residents about water conservation practices.


  1. Long-term

Looking at the sustainability of water supply in the future.

  • Creating strategies and systems for increased percolation for the regeneration of deep aquifers.

  • Implementation of restoration and rejuvenation plans for lakes and implementing strategies for the long-term maintenance of lakes and tanks.

  • Identify and set up recharge pits across the city for rainwater percolation.

  • Sponge parks have to be set up across the city.

  • BBMP should make its existing long-term plan for tackling the water crisis publicly available.


Bengaluru has been facing a water crisis for over four years, and things are only projected to get worse! Citizens have been demanding better management of water resources, but our pleas have constantly been ignored.

Complaints of infrequent water supply have become increasingly common in areas like Hebbal, Banaswadi, and JC Nagar. Water supply schedules have also become more irregular with shorter hours of availability.

Bengaluru currently has access to about 1,850 million litres per day (MLD) but needs at least 1,680 MLD more to meet its current and growing water needs. Due to groundwater depletion and poor monsoons, borewells are at risk of drying up, impacting high-density areas reliant on them. BWSSB has identified 257 areas facing potential water scarcity.

Currently, an estimated 20% of Bengaluru city is reliant on private water tankers and faces exploitation at the hands of private tanker organisations that charge unreasonably high prices for water supply. Residents in some areas are forced to pay INR 2000 and upwards to their tankers per month. These prices will skyrocket during the summer.

BWSSB officials have claimed that poor monsoon is the reason for this drop in the water table. While poor monsoon exacerbates the problem, it is not the root cause! If authorities want to sustainably deal with Bengaluru’s water scarcity, authorities must ensure implementation of policies regulating the digging of borewells, building effective rainwater harvesting systems, and rejuvenating the city’s lake water. 

With summers looming ahead, Bengaluru has little time. We need the authorities to take action before Bengaluru’s citizens face the brunt of an extreme water crisis!

Sources:

  1. Bengaluru Water Crisis: Know All About the Ongoing Shortage, Measures Being Taken, Possible Solutions and More

  2. Bengaluru staring at a water crisis this summer - The Hindu 

  3. The Sunday Read: BBMP says it will not regulate water tanker prices ‘for now’

  4. Rain Water Harvesting Amendments, Regulations and Guidelines


You can also make a contribution of your choice to support our work. Any amount, no matter how small, goes a long way in keeping up our efforts for a sustainable Bengaluru. Support now.


Milestone:

2nd March, 2024: 
Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar announced that the BWSSB will be regulating all private water tankers and borewells. Any private tanker or borewell will now be required to register with the BWSSB before 7th March 2024.

Demand BWSSB and BBMP to adopt and implement concrete measures to ensure adequate water supply for Bengaluru’s residents.

Addressed to:

  1. Dr Ram Prasath Manohar, Chairman BWSSB (Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board)

  2. Tushar Girinath, Chief Commissioner BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike)

  3. DK Shivakumar Minister for Water Resources Department Karnataka


Our demands:

  1. Short-term

How can we get water to the people now?

  • BBMP must regulate and subsidise the prices of all Water Tankers.

  • BBMP and BWSSB should actively communicate water supply timings and durations prior to water supply cuts via SMS or calls.

  • BWSSB should ensure that all wastewater is treated and supplied to households and commercial establishments for non-consumption purposes.


  1. Medium-term

What can ensure water supply in the near future/coming years?

  • Commercial establishments and RWAs must ensure adherence to water conservation policies such as the BWSSB Rainwater Harvesting Regulations and Guidelines. Harvested rainwater must be stored and used directly. 

  • Introduce metering of water usage for each residential unit to maintain accountability for water usage.

  • Mandating industries and commercial establishments to use only tanker-treated water for non-consumption purposes.

  • Run awareness campaigns and issue advisories to educate residents about water conservation practices.


  1. Long-term

Looking at the sustainability of water supply in the future.

  • Creating strategies and systems for increased percolation for the regeneration of deep aquifers.

  • Implementation of restoration and rejuvenation plans for lakes and implementing strategies for the long-term maintenance of lakes and tanks.

  • Identify and set up recharge pits across the city for rainwater percolation.

  • Sponge parks have to be set up across the city.

  • BBMP should make its existing long-term plan for tackling the water crisis publicly available.


Bengaluru has been facing a water crisis for over four years, and things are only projected to get worse! Citizens have been demanding better management of water resources, but our pleas have constantly been ignored.

Complaints of infrequent water supply have become increasingly common in areas like Hebbal, Banaswadi, and JC Nagar. Water supply schedules have also become more irregular with shorter hours of availability.

Bengaluru currently has access to about 1,850 million litres per day (MLD) but needs at least 1,680 MLD more to meet its current and growing water needs. Due to groundwater depletion and poor monsoons, borewells are at risk of drying up, impacting high-density areas reliant on them. BWSSB has identified 257 areas facing potential water scarcity.

Currently, an estimated 20% of Bengaluru city is reliant on private water tankers and faces exploitation at the hands of private tanker organisations that charge unreasonably high prices for water supply. Residents in some areas are forced to pay INR 2000 and upwards to their tankers per month. These prices will skyrocket during the summer.

BWSSB officials have claimed that poor monsoon is the reason for this drop in the water table. While poor monsoon exacerbates the problem, it is not the root cause! If authorities want to sustainably deal with Bengaluru’s water scarcity, authorities must ensure implementation of policies regulating the digging of borewells, building effective rainwater harvesting systems, and rejuvenating the city’s lake water. 

With summers looming ahead, Bengaluru has little time. We need the authorities to take action before Bengaluru’s citizens face the brunt of an extreme water crisis!

Sources:

  1. Bengaluru Water Crisis: Know All About the Ongoing Shortage, Measures Being Taken, Possible Solutions and More

  2. Bengaluru staring at a water crisis this summer - The Hindu 

  3. The Sunday Read: BBMP says it will not regulate water tanker prices ‘for now’

  4. Rain Water Harvesting Amendments, Regulations and Guidelines


You can also make a contribution of your choice to support our work. Any amount, no matter how small, goes a long way in keeping up our efforts for a sustainable Bengaluru. Support now.


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