Water ATMs in Hyderabad soon

As summer is just days ahead, Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board comes up with an Idea of installing water ATMs wherein the public can avail a litre of chilled water for Rs 1.

The proposal for providing chilled potable water has been put forth by the Managing director B Janardhan Reddy. The water board chief held a review meet with officials on Monday where they were directed to work on the proposal.

The water will be reportedly sold through kiosks in Hyderabad and the model would be similar to that of cash dispensing automated teller machines (ATMs)

In view of depleting groundwater in the city, the official said 1,000 rain water harvesting structures would be put in place during the 100-day action plan.

At a review meeting with senior officers, Reddy said water supply connections to commercial establishments such as lodges, hotels and hostels detected by vigilance teams should be converted immediately to commercial category. Failure to do so would invite action against the erring officers, he warned.

He stressed the need for water conservation as HMWS&SB was bringing drinking water from Nagarjunasagar which is 110 km away (Krishna water) and Yellampally which is 186 km away (Godavari water).