The 24x7 water supply project will take off in two months’ time with the contractor beginning the work at R.S. Puram.
Coimbatore Corporation officials, familiar with the development, said the contractor, Suez India Private Limited, will begin the work in November in R.S. Puram covering wards 23 and 24 in full and wards 79, 25 and 22 in parts.
The civic body and Suez decided to take up R.S. Puram first because the areas chosen, called a district metering area, closer to the Bharathi Park Main Storage Reservoir, fall under the service of the overhead water tank on D.B. Road (behind the head post office), seven to eight metres down slope from the Reservoir, well designed with main roads and cross roads and had infrastructure that closely matched the 24x7 standards.
The other reason was that the overhead tank on D.B. Road had a direct feeder main from the Reservoir and therefore it would be easier to work.
The officials said the first leg of the project would see Suez laying over main distribution line for around 10 km and over 50 km of distribution lines to benefit over 5,700 water consumers. At the end of the project, the company would fix automated water readers.
The main distribution line would be of ductile iron, the branch supply line high-density poly-ethylene and house service lines medium density poly-ethylene.
To facilitate the early initiation of the work, Suez had completed the topographical, distribution and consumer surveys.
The new pipelines would help the residents get water 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
The officials said that at present the Corporation supplied around 1.60 million litres a day from the D.B. Road tank to the residents of the aforementioned areas. The new distribution system would help streamline the supply and meet the residents’ requirements till 2045, even after factoring in the population growth in those areas.
As for the existing water distribution pipelines, the officials said the cost of retrieval was more than the scrap value and therefore they were left underground.
The Coimbatore Corporation had undertaken the water supply distribution improvement project at ₹ 2,972.16 crore covering the 60 wards that form part of the old city area with financial help from the Central Government under the AMRUT and Smart Cities Mission schemes.
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