Several remote villages in the district are facing acute drinking water shortage during the summer. To overcome water crisis, the Rural Water Supply (RWS) officials are fixing solar powered pump sets to the hand pumps for filling a 5,000 litre capacity synthetic tank. These motors can also run on conventional power.
The tanks are set up at a height of 6 meters so that people can draw the water. Under the new scheme launched by the central government, the state was sanctioned 857 solar pump sets in which 50 units worth Rs 2.4 crore have been allocated to the Kadapa district.
According to the RWS officials, arrangements are being made to ensure that water is not wasted. There will be a sensor in the tank and once it gets filled, the motor gets switched off automatically. “The objective is not only to provide drinking water to the people in remote villages but also do it in a smart way.
Thus, the defunct hand pumps across the district will get revived once the solar pump sets are fixed,” a RWS official said. “It is a revolutionary step that will supply water, prevent wastage, save energy and harness solar power. Measures are on to implement this scheme across the district very soon,” said RWS Superintending Engineer Sanjeeva Rao.