πŸ’¦ FIRs Over Illegal Water Usage

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To curb the illegal exploitation of water by the public, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) registered a total of 2,806 FIRs.

Story so far: Illegal water usage refers to getting an additional water connection apart from a legal connection or solely utilising an unauthorised connection, which isn’t connected to a meter and hence, does not get billed.

  • BWSSB has discovered 56,000 unauthorised water connections. Out of this, 5,156 were bypass connections.
  • The effective clampdown on the exploitation of water has led to increased revenue and water supply.

Key Details: Through 89 ground-level reservoirs, BWSSB supplies water to 10.5 lakh houses. It pumps out 1,450 million litres of water daily to the city from TK Halli.

  • One-third goes to waste due to illegality, exploitation by the public and other unexpected circumstances.

What Now: Despite the claims of increased revenue and a decrease in exploitation, the department has not been able to provide accurate data on where this exploitation is prominent and who the serial violators are.

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