India’s Shriram Water Supply suffers massive outages due to drought
India’s biggest water utility has suffered a major outage due to severe drought in Uttar Pradesh, leaving residents without drinking water and shutting down most of the rest of the state.
According to the Times of India, the Shrirams Water Supply (SSP) has been offline for almost two months due to a drought in the western parts of the district, where it supplies drinking water to more than 100,000 people.
The water supply was restored on Wednesday, but the state’s water resources minister had said the entire state would be unable to tap the river in a few days, leaving only parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar as safe havens for people to water their crops.
The state’s chief minister had told NDTV on Tuesday that he had been forced to call off the operation due to the drought, and urged people to conserve water and not to waste it.
“The situation is now very dire, people have started using tap water from the river to irrigate their fields, which is why we are asking people to use only what is required,” SSP chief Shrirum Yadav said.
“We are also encouraging people to be vigilant in managing their water usage and conserve it.”
According to SSP, the state had been receiving about 3,000 million litres of water per day through the river, which runs from a reservoir in the foothills of the Himalayas to the city of Lucknow.
But, the water shortage in the state has caused a massive shortage of water for the population, with most people living in the rural areas.SSP had also declared the area affected by the drought a “water disaster zone”, and promised that all water sources will be tapped, including the Ganga and rivers, to ensure a safe water supply.
In an emergency situation, authorities have been deploying teams of water protectors to ensure water is available for residents, and are now trying to tap water supplies from a nearby reservoir.
Shriram is located about 100km west of Lucknagar, which has been under severe drought for the past two months.
On Wednesday, SSP officials said that it would take a week to restore all the water supply to the area.
According a report by Hindustan Times, the drought has affected the entire district, with many farmers unable to access the Ganges, which was supposed to provide a safe and reliable water supply for millions of people in the district.