Chembarambakkam Lake

Chembarambakkam Lake
செம்பரம்பாக்கம் ஏரி

Watch tower in the lake
Location Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu, South India
Coordinates 13°00′42″N 80°03′38″E / 13.01158°N 80.06063°E / 13.01158; 80.06063Coordinates: 13°00′42″N 80°03′38″E / 13.01158°N 80.06063°E / 13.01158; 80.06063
Type Reservoir
Primary outflows Adyar River
Basin countries India
Surface area 3,800 acres (15 km2)
Settlements Chennai

Chembarambakkam lake, is a lake located near Chennai in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu, India, about 40 km from Chennai. It is one of the two rain-fed reservoirs from where water is drawn for supply to Chennai City, the other one being the Puzhal Lake. The Adyar River originates from this lake. A part of water supply of the metropolis of Chennai is drawn from this lake. Chembarambakkam was known as Puliyur Kottam. It is one of the 24 kottams (villages) that existed even during the later Chola period in Thondai Mandalam which had Kanchipuram as its headquarters.[1]

However, acute sedimentation has eaten more than 40% of its water holding strength.[2] There is an ancient Shiva temple located here.


There are two pipelines existing from the lake's water treatment plant. The existing pipeline on Poonamallee Bypass Road has the capacity to convey only half of the 530 million litres that can be treated at the plant. In 2012, Chennai Metrowater started evaluating the feasibility of laying a third pipeline with a diameter of about 2,000 mm from the Chembarambakkam water treatment plant at a cost of 650million, which will run parallel to the existing one for over 6.5 km.[3]

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  1. J, Mohan (9 December 2015). "A lifeline that ravaged Chennai". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  2. Kotteeswaran, C.S. "Water, water... not many lakes to store". Deccan Chronicle. Chennai: Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2 Dec 2011.
  3. Lakshmi, K. (29 January 2012). "Metrowater moots a third pipeline". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 31 Jan 2012.

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