In a move that would provide around 109 million litre per day (mn ld) of water to Kochi, the Kerala government decided to implement a Rs 805-crore drinking water project.
This information was given by the state water resources minister PJ Joseph after inaugurating the revenue collection centre of Kerala Water Authority (KWA) at Thrikkakara recently.
The addition water supply from the proposed project would benefit consumers in the city and suburbs, including Thrikkakara. The city, currently, receives about 168 mn ld from about 240 mn ld supplied from the Aluva water treatment plant.
The Union government is said to have received proposal for Rs 5,000 crore worth projects from the Kerala government.
Meanwhile, the non-revenue water management (NRWM) wing of KWA has found that around 22 mn ld is being siphoned off illegally, pointing to rampant water theft in the city. This is over and above the 25 percent water supply loss suffered daily.