"The water quality is good. Earlier we drank borewell water, which was hard and contaminated. This is way better. For my family of five, we easily need 20 litres a day for drinking and cooking," says Jeyamma, a labourer, who inserts two one-rupee coins at one of the water kiosks in the area, and the massive utensil she is carrying, is filled with water in minutes.
Thirty-three such water kiosks, each costing Rs 12 to 13 lakh, have been set up in the Kanakapura constituency, which is represented by two brothers - MP DK Suresh and MLA DK Shivakumar.
The ground water levels in Kanakapura dipped to almost 1300 feet after a drought last year. Mr Suresh, from the Congress, ensured these water kiosks were set up well before the recently held by-election, which he won. The seat was earlier held by Janata Dal Secular president HD Kumaraswamy, who is now the Chief opposition leader in Karnataka.
Mr Shivakumar, who has been reportedly eyeing a minister's post in the Siddaramaiah cabinet, is hoping that the water scheme, which is gaining popularity, continues to work as a vote-fetcher for him and his brother.
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