Bengaluru water crisis: Using drinking water in swimming pools? You may attract a penalty of ₹5,000

  • BWSSB prohibits use of potable water in swimming pools, imposes 5,000 fine for non-compliance. Temporary pool closures expected due to hygiene issues.

Written By Karishma Pranav Bhavsar
Updated13 Mar 2024
Bengaluru water crisis: Using drinking water in swimming pools? You may attract a penalty of  <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5,000
Bengaluru water crisis: Using drinking water in swimming pools? You may attract a penalty of ₹5,000

Amidst the ongoing water crisis, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has banned the use of drinking water in swimming pools in the city. As per ANI report, the BWSSB has imposed a a fine of 5,000 if the order is violated. As per media reports, the order could lead to a temporary shut down of pools as they cannot use treated water due to hygiene concerns.  

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Earlier, the use of potable water for non-essential purposes including car washing, gardening, construction, water fountains, and road construction and maintenance was imposed. 

On Tuesday, Builders have been instructed to use ‘environment-friendly water’ for construction work. The development came days after civic authorities decided to fill drying lakes with 1,300 million litres of treated water per day in order to replenish groundwater sources.

Meanwhile, with the looming water issues in the state, the Karnataka Government has said that it will not be in a position to release water to Tamil Nadu even if the centre asks it to do so. Siddaramaiah said that his state will not be releasing water to Tamil Nadu even if the Center directs it to do so. "We don't have water to release. There is no question of releasing water. Even if Tamil Nadu asks or the Center tells us to release (water) we'll not release. We will not give water whoever it may be," the Chief Minister said.

Also Read: Bengaluru water crisis: From using milk tankers, fixing rates, filling lakes to fines; How the city is tackling drought

Will upcoming IPL be affected by Bengaluru water shortage?

Speaking of the upcoming IPL, the acute water shortage in the city might not pose any immediate threat to the three IPL first-leg matches to be played. Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) said that it is confident of meeting the demand for water from the in-house sewage treatment plant.

"We are facing no crisis – at the moment that is. We have received the state government pertaining to water usage and we (the KSCA office-bearers) are in constant meetings about following the guidelines," Shubendu Ghosh, the CEO of Karnataka State Cricket Association, told news agency PTI.

(With agency inputs)

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