Salem in the grip of severe water scarcity

Even while several parts of the district are facing severe drinking water scarcity for the last couple of months because of severe drought conditions, the officials are going all out to implement various programmes.
Potable drinking water is supplied to the 60 Wards of the Salem Corporation through the Mettur-Salem dedicated water supply scheme, and the Nangavalli old water scheme.
In a majority of the villages, citizens complain that they get water once in 10 days.
Even after reaching the spot, they will have to wait in long queues to collect the water.
In the villages in Kolathur block on the banks of River Cauvery, citizens have started migrating to other parts, due to scarcity of water.
The residents of Nangavalli area say that they are not getting water for days together.
These municipalities and the rural local bodies have been taking initiatives to prevent the illegal tapping of drinking water using motor pumps.
The officials conducted surprise check and seized many pumps.
The district administration nominated 58 special officers to solve the drinking water complaints of the people.
The Salem Corporation on its part has set up a special control room with toll free phone numbers.

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