Bengaluru Water Crisis: Deadline Looms for Tap Aerators Installation

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has issued notices to Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) across the city regarding the mandatory installation of tap aerators. These aerators are essential to reduce water wastage through tap leakage. The severity of the water scarcity is well understood, and to mitigate the crisis, BWSSB has set a deadline for bulk users to install flow restrictors/aerators by March 31. Failure to comply will result in a 50% reduction in water supply and a fine of Rs 5,000.

The Cauvery River basin serves as the sole source of drinking water for Bengaluru city. Due to low monsoon rains this year, the water level in the basin has reached an alarming stage, leading to depleted groundwater levels caused by inadequate rainfall. As a result, demand for Cauvery water for residential purposes has significantly increased. To optimize water usage, it is crucial to install aerators in taps, which can reduce water wastage by 25-40%.

BWSSB has urged bulk users, including malls, commercial complexes, apartments, government buildings, luxury hotels, restaurants, and public areas, to adopt flow restrictors/aerators. Those who comply will receive eco-friendly green star awards, while non-compliance will result in an additional penalty of Rs 500 per day. The board’s intention is to conserve water and ensure safe availability for all, especially as summer approaches. Let’s work together to address the water crisis! 


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