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Karnataka contemplates water rationing

Faced with acute drinking water scarcity in the wake of continuing drought, Karnataka government is seriously thinking of resorting to water rationing, State Minister for Rural Water Supply K B Koliwad said today.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2003 10:50 IST

Faced with acute drinking water scarcity in the wake of continuing drought, Karnataka government is seriously thinking of resorting to water rationing, State Minister for Rural Water Supply K B Koliwad said on Saturday.

Government's idea was to ensure that every individual gets five litres of drinking water and conserve this available precious wealth, he told reporters here.

He said in the event of the government introducing water rationing, a regulatory mechanism would be put in place and ration cards issued to every family.

The government was also contemplating acquiring private borewells to supply drinking water to people, he said.

He said with rains failing since the last three years even perennial water sources like Tungabhadra river had dried up this time.

The government was toying with the idea of going in for cloud seeding to get rains, Koliwad said.

First Published: Jun 02, 2003 10:50 IST