As videos of the froth began circulating on social media networks and opposition mounted, officials of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), who run the Sewage Treatment Plants, and the Minor Irrigation Department, who pump the ‘treated’ water, inspected the supply line.
The issue, claimed BWSSB, stemmed from the heavy rains of July 13-14, which led to ‘back up’ at their newly-commissioned STP. “Due to the heavy rains, some untreated sewage had filtered into the pipes. While we rectified the issues in the STP, the sewage water had already been pumped by the Minor Irrigation Department,” said E. Nityananda Kumar, Chief Engineer (Waste Water Management). Pumping had been stopped while the sewage in the pipes was being removed. Minor Irrigation Department officials said it would take a day or two for the situation to normalise and only ‘secondary treated’ water to flow.
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