Bengaluru IT companies get a message on water crisis

The Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has reassured IT companies in the city of water supply, alleviating their concerns, amid reports of invitations from neighbouring states to relocate due to water shortages. There has also been a growing chorus on social media urging Bengaluru IT companies to give WFH or work from home option as daily lives get impacted due to the water shortage. BWSSB Chairman V. Ram Prasath Manohar recently convened a virtual meeting with IT companies to address these apprehensions and discuss measures to mitigate the situation.

Manohar emphasized BWSSB’s commitment to ensuring sufficient water supply to IT firms, affirming that measures implemented citywide would extend to serve these companies. He also urged prudent water usage, emphasizing the importance of raising awareness among employees regarding water conservation practices.

BWSSB authorities say that the completion of Cauvery 5th stage project would help in additional supply of 775 million litres per day (MLD) of water, significantly augmenting water availability and addressing shortages.

In addition, BWSSB authorities urged companies to inform employees about water conservation practices, including the prudent use of water, reuse of treated water, rainwater conservation, and recharge. The water board chief also affirmed BWSSB’s readiness to supply treated water to companies upon request.

Netizens echoed concerns about water scarcity, urging BWSSB to devise long-term solutions for sustainable water management. Some emphasized the unprecedented nature of Bangalore’s water crisis, advocating for government intervention to mitigate environmental degradation, particularly the concretization of the Silicon Valley, which hinders percolation of rain water into the ground.

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Others highlighted the broader environmental implications, citing both water and air pollution levels in the city. They called for proactive measures to enhance green spaces and combat pollution, underscoring the need for collective action to safeguard the city’s ecological health.

Other states woo Bengaluru IT companies

ET had earlier reported that Kerala has reached out to leading technology firms in Bengaluru, urging them to consider the coastal state for expansion amid reports of a water crisis in the tech hub. Kerala Industries & Law Minister P Rajeeve stated that they offered IT companies abundant water and comprehensive facilities, citing the state’s 44 rivers as a reliable water source. Bengaluru, a key center of India’s $254 billion IT industry, is facing daily water deficit of approximately 500 million liters, against the city’s demand of 2,600 MLD.

Cauvery Phase 5 project

Historically, Bengaluru depended on water from nearby lakes. The Arkavathi water supply scheme began in 1896, initially providing 117 MLD of water to the city. However, as Bengaluru’s population burgeoned, this supply proved insufficient. In response, in 1974, the Karnataka government first allocated 19 TMC of water from the Cauvery river, situated approximately 90 kilometers away.

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The supply of Cauvery water was progressively increased to cater to Bengaluru’s growing demands. To meet the water needs of 110 villages spanning 225 sq. km., the Cauvery Stage V project is underway. This project includes constructing a Water Treatment Plant (WTP) with a capacity of 775 MLD, slated for completion by 2024, with an estimated cost of Rs 5,500 crore financed by the Japan Infrastructure Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project aims to provide 110 liters of water daily to 12 lakh people and is expected to be completed by June.

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