CHENNAI: The unprecedented rain of the past few weeks has had the effect of Metrowater raising its supply from 270 million litres a day (MLD) to 830 MLD, but residents of a few localities which used to get water regularly say they have been without supply for two weeks.

Malathy Radhakrishnan of Gangadharan Colony, off St Mary’s Road, said her home had not received water for 12 days. “We’ve never had a problem with water supply for 10 years. It has suddenly stopped,” she said.

Metrowater had reduced water supply to 550 MLD in 2012 as the north east monsoon was deficient. The following year, it cut supply to 270 MLD. On November 26 this year, after reservoirs reached full capacity following heavy rain, the water supply board decided to raise supply to 830 MLD, which it was supplying before 2012. But Mandaveli residents say they are not getting any water.

Metrowater officials said the pumping station in MRC Nagar was damaged in the recent floods and water supply would be restored in a few days. “Water supply in areas around Mandaveli has been suspended for the time being as repair work is being undertaken at the pumping station in MRC Nagar,” said an official.

With water supply stopped, several thousand families have gone without water. Homes with borewells are coping as the recent record downpour has replenished groundwater. “As the rainfall was significant, we have been able to tide over the crisis. The quality and taste of the water appears to have improved after the rain,” said Ramalingam, a resident of Mandaveli.

However, families who are completely dependent on Metrowater supply have been left high and dry. “We have been spending on canned water for the last two weeks. We have to use it for cooking too. It is very expensive,” said Srinivasan Street resident R Swathi.

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