Water woes force public toilets to shut down

Mangaluru : As Mangalureans are facing the severe pinch of water scarcity, even public toilets including Sulabh Shauchalays are facing the inevitability of shutting down for want of water.
Meanwhile, there are complaints that the places near the public toilets are stinking due to non-availability of adequate water. Presently, of the 40 public toilets permitted in the city only a handful where bathing facility is also available are operating, according to MCC health and revenue officers.
Officials say each of these toilets require 7000 to 10,000 litres of water per day and given the present t situation it was just impossible to run the toilets many of which are operated by Sulabh Shauchalay International Social Service Organisation. Those who maintain these toilets question how they could manage by purchasing tanker water costing Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000.
Meanwhile, as water problem has aggravated people have started using paper cups and plates even at homes as is the case in many hotels mainly with an intention of saving water.