Maharashtra recently faced the wrath of the State High Court for using water for the cricket stadium for holding IPL matches even as people were suffering the effects of drought.  While the three venues in Maharashtra - Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur - are fighting legal battles over hosting the IPL matches, Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru has successfully shifted to using treated sewage water for maintaining the pitch.

The solution would help Karnataka – which is also facing a water-shortage, to hold IPL matches in the state without wasting the precious ground water.

Water sources in the stadium

Three borewells  provide drinking water to the stadium.  The Chinnaswamy stadium also has installed rain water harvesting, and the collected rain water is also used for various requirements at the stadium.

Apart from these two arrangements, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) also has also installed the water treatment unit in front of the National Cricket Academy office, which now forms the third important source of water.

Everyday 2 lakh litres of water

The stadium needs 30,000 litres of water every day for watering the lawns. According to KSCA officials, at the Chinnaswamy stadium they able to generate 2 lakh litres of treated water daily, which is ample for not only watering the cricket field but also the garden surrounding the stadium, galleries and even another garden around the Mahatma Gandhi statue.

Bengaluru’s  Chinnaswamy Stadium, which now boasts of being self-reliant for its water-related needs, was also the first stadium in the country to use solar power for its energy needs.