Especially when dealing with water shortage, every drop should be managed wisely. Through a water system upgrade, flooding issues and critical water losses have been eliminated, and the city of Chikodi now receives continuous water supply.
By Peter Rajendran, Managing Partner of Evershine Enterprises
Chikodi is a town municipal council city in the Belagavi district of Karnataka, India. It functions as a subdivision of the district and has a population of around 40,000 people.
The water distribution network of the city runs on gravity with the river Krishna as its source. Raw water is pumped to the water treatment plant and is stored in a Master Balancing Reservoir (MBR) which is located at the highest point of Chikodi. From here, water is supplied to the network’s five service reservoirs by gravity.
The project objective
Initially, the city experienced a recurring issue of water overflow at the service reservoirs as the sluice valve was not closed in time. This led to a substantial amount of water wasted, not only causing lost revenue but also flooding of the nearby properties. The sluice valves had to be closed manually, and since there was no monitoring this was only done once the issue had already emerged and water was overflowing.
To the five service reservoirs, water supply was run manually, and all reservoirs were supplied at the same time. This meant that water was not distributed equally, as by the time the water reached the fifth reservoir there was always a shortage of water.
The AVK team conducted a survey and collected the actual demand of each service reservoir. Based on the survey, they designed and sized a one-way altitude control valve for each reservoir input and supplied them to site.
AVK Products supplied to the project
Sluice valves, DN80-250, 173 pcs
Air valves, DN50-80, 21 pcs
Wafer Type Butterfly valves, DN50-80, 21 pcs
Pressure Reducing valves, DN80-150, 27 pcs
One-way Altitude valves, DN80-150, 5 pcs