Bengaluru Water Supply Board Fines 22 Families For Wasting Cauvery Water – News18

Curated By: Kavya Mishra
Last Updated: March 25, 2024, 13:55 IST
Bengaluru, India
Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is taking strict actions against water wastage. (Photo: PTI file)
In a strict measure to prevent wastage of water amid severe shortage, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) recently fined Rs 5000 each from 22 families for using Cauvery water for non-essential purposes.
According to a Deccan Herald report, the board has so far collected a total of Rs 1.1 lakh through these fines.
The action comes at least two weeks after the BWSSB passed an order banning the usage of water for car washing, gardening, water fountains, construction work, maintenance or entertainment purposes.
The order said that a fine of Rs 5,000 would be imposed on anyone found violating the order. Malls and theatres must only use water for drinking purposes.
As part of its campaign against water wastage, the BWSSB is actively responding to complaints received through social media, where people were found using drinking water to clean cars, maintain gardens, and for other avoidable purposes.
Recently, they even banned the use of Cauvery water and borewell water for activities like pool dances and rain dances during Holi celebrations in the city.
To further encourage water conservation, the BWSSB has made it mandatory for commercial establishments, apartments, restaurants, luxury hotels, industries, and other public areas to install aerators. These devices regulate the flow of water from taps, helping to reduce wastage.
Bengaluru and parts of Karnataka are facing the worst water crisis caused by the failure of both southwest and northeast monsoons in the state. The metropolitan city has seen declining groundwater levels, diminishing reservoirs, dried bore wells and water supply cuts.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has attributed the prime reason for scanty rainfalls in the state in 2023 due to the El Nino effect.


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