THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Desperate times call for desperate measures. Kerala Water Authority is in a mood to act desperately against those who misuse its supply. Acute water scarcity in the wake of prolonged drought prompted KWA to slap fines as huge as Rs 50,000 on those engaged in unauthorised use of pipelines.
Public taps are meant for drinking purposes. If found to be used for other purposes such as bathing, washing clothes or vehicles, bathing cattle and for construction activities the connection to such taps will be cut. Dipping water levels prompt many to engage in unauthorised pumping of water to wells, tubewells and tanks from public taps and KWA pipelines.
Consumers have been advised to prevent leakage and wasteful usage of water. So if you have leaking pipes, tanks, or connection lines in your premises fix it as soon as possible. KWA officials will take action if anyone alerts them of faulty water meter. Consumers who are yet to replace dysfunctional water meters will have their water supply disconnected.
Consumers who have not paid water bills will face disconnection. Household connections with over six months payment overdue will be discontinued. In case of non-household connections the same will follow for a two months overdue. They can opt for a one-time settlement programme with reduced interest.