Officials are reportedly draining a 36-acre lake in Moraba village in Dharwad after villagers refused to use the lake water, following the discovery of the body of a woman, who was Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-positive, in the lake, on November 29. The villagers undertook the job after the body of a woman, who is thought to have been infected with HIV, was found floating in the lake. However, as soon as the villagers came to know about it, they have chose to empty the lake fearing transmission of the HIV virus into the water. The lake proved to be the only source of drinking water for the residents in the taluk, stated a report by News Minute. According to CNN News18, the Malaprabha Canal sustains 40 other villages in the Navalgund taluka. Water is being pumped out of the lake for the last four days.
Authorities attempted to convince them that HIV can not be transmitted by water and that there's no risk of getting the virus by drinking the water. "There will be no water crisis till then", the PDO said.
The lake is the only source of drinking water in the area and the source of water for irrigation.
Another villager pointed out, "We would have consumed the water if it was the body of a normal person, but the woman died of HIV".
Speaking to CNN News18, BC Satheesh, the Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said, "In some places, the water from the lake is used without treating even for consumption. The authorities must drain out water and fill it with fresh water to save the lives of villagers".
A former village panchayat member Ravi Kagadal told PTI that the villagers were afraid of contracting HIV/AIDS. There is another problem, though. More than 50 people are involved in pumping out water.
"District authorities have agreed to fill the lake by December 20. We will need 1-2 weeks to empty and fill the lake".
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