An efficient drinking water system in the offing at Sasthamkotta

New flow meters to ensure flawless distribution by monitoring inflow and outflow of water in town, suburbs

KOLLAM: Kollam town and its suburbs will get better water supply soon as the renovation works of the Keala Water Authority’s water treatment plant at Sasthamkotta with a capacity of 37.5 MLD will be completed this month.

The new flow meters installed at the plant will also ensure flawless distribution by monitoring the inflow and outflow of the plant that caters to the town and suburbs.

The plant has got an automated cleaning mechanism that identifies time to clean the filters and will perform back-washing of the filter beds. The project with an estimated Rs 5.65 crore is implemented by the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project.

“The plant is being renovated by changing all the six filter beds and incorporating flow meters to accurately determine the rate of flow of water to and fro the filter plant.

The project was started by the end of 2011 and will be completed this month. The automation works will ensure more efficient distribution without water loss,” Mr J. Ajith Kumar, Assistant Engineer (plant) told DC.

KWA distribution network sources water from the intake well-cum-pump house at the Sasthamkotta lake and pumps water to the elevated treatment plant. The treated water flows by gravity to Anandavalleeswaram tank kept at a level difference of 14 meters.

A booster pressure pump is also used at Neendakara and Dalawapuram to facilitate smoother flow of water. The renovation works are carried out in the running condition of the plant without disturbing the distribution system.

Meanwhile, it is also alleged the flaws and lack of clarity in the specification of design parameters of the filter bed components in the contract are likely to affect the timely completion of works.

( Source : dc )
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