Treated water supply for IPL matches in Bengaluru

In response to the prevailing water scarcity in Bengaluru, Bangalore water supply and sewerage board (BWSSB) have taken proactive measures to provide treated water to the iconic M Chinnaswamy Stadium for the upcoming IPL 2024 cricket matches. The decision comes amidst growing concerns about the impact of the water crisis on the scheduled matches.

Officials from the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) convened with Ram Prasath Manohar, chairman of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), to secure an uninterrupted water supply to the stadium during the matches. Approximately 75,000 litres of water per day will be sourced from the Cubbon Park wastewater treatment plant in Sampangi Rama Nagar for this purpose.

“We will supply so much water per day for three days through tankers. The tertiary treated water is as good as potable water. By supplying this water we, at the BWSSB, also want to send a message to the society about the need to use and reuse our water. We want to promote the use of treated water for non drinking needs such as use in toilets, gardening, and car-washing,” BWSSB Chairman Ram Prasath Manohar said.

The M Chinnaswamy Stadium, serving as the home ground for the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), is slated to host several matches, including encounters with Punjab Kings (PBKS) on March 25, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on March 29, and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on April 2, as per the IPL 2024 schedule.

While initially expressing confidence that the IPL 2024 matches would be unaffected by the city’s water crisis, the KSCA made the decision to utilize treated water to mitigate the potential misuse of groundwater and Cauvery river water, emphasizing the importance of efficient water management.

Bengaluru’s water scarcity stems from various factors, including diminished rainfall, declining groundwater levels, and limited recharge options due to inadequate infrastructure. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah disclosed that the capital faces a daily water deficit of 500 million litres against a demand of 2,600 million litres, with nearly half of the city’s borewells dried up.

In response to the crisis, the Karnataka Water Supply and Sewerage Board has also imposed restrictions on the use of drinking water for non-essential purposes such as car washing, gardening, construction, and maintenance in Bengaluru.

The decision to supply treated water to the M Chinnaswamy Stadium for the IPL 2024 matches reflects a proactive approach to ensure the smooth conduct of the games while minimizing the strain on the city’s water resources.

Harry Byrne

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