A 36-acre lake in a village of Hubballi district in Karnataka was drained out after a body of HIV positive woman was found in it. The villagers refused to drink water from the lake, believing that it was contaminated with HIV.
Authorities first told villagers that they would test the water, but no one relented. Left with no other option, officials then deployed 20 siphon tubes with four motors to pump out the water.
“One week ago a woman, who was reportedly tested HIV positive, drowned in the lake. Four days ago we recovered her body. People in the village knew that she was HIV positive. They took an unanimous decision to stop drinking water from the lake unless the existing water was pumped out and fresh water filled from the Malaprabha dam. The decision was also approved by the local panchayat,” Naveen Hullur, tehsildar of Navalgund taluk, said.
Water from the sprawling lake was pumped out on Wednesday evening, after which it will be cleaned and then filled with water from Malaprabha canal.
The lake is a key source of drinking water for more than 1,000 people who live in the area.
The water emptied from the lake is being fed to farm land nearby.