Chennai is facing acute crisis of drinking water as all four lakes around the city have dried up.
Tamilnadu is witnessing the worst drought in 140 years and require 830 million litres of water a day.
There is no daily supply of water as the four main reservoirs ie, Poondi, Redhills, Cholavaram and Chembarambakkam.
In many years, pipe water is being supplied once in three days.
There are 300 water tankers deployed in the city.
The Veeranam lake in Neyveli , from where Chennai receives supply through huge pipeline is also dry.
Senior water supply official said “Water is also coming in from stone quarries in Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur besides two desalination plants in the city”.
The ground water in chennai is replenished by five lakes Puzhal, Sholavaram, Kaliveli, Pulicat and Maduranthakam.
In 2015, the lakes had overflowed due to unseasonal rains.
Besides, there are thousands of water bodies in Chennai and its neighbouring districts.
Green activists say had these water bodies been properly maintained, Chennai would have never suffered from water crisis.