Officials estimate that by diverting the river water, the city will gain a little more than 50% of its current supply. The project, called “Cauvery Water Supply Stage Five”, is funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.
The additional supply is expected to help Bangalore provide drinking water to a 225 sq km (87 sq-mile) area that is currently dependent upon water supplied via borewells and tankers.
In addition to the additional supply from the Cauvery, the city will in the next 18 months also receive water from another river called the Nethravati.
“The citizens have to realise that water is a scarce commodity. Not just in Bangalore but across the world. We need to conserve water,”