India’s leading petroleum refinery Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals has been forced to shut down operations due to acute water shortage, caused by the complete depletion of the refinery's reservoir at Sarapady. This has also led to the MRPL township being without water for the last two days. Currently, the situation seems beyond resolve as there is also no inflow of water into the refinery dam at Sarapady, built across Nethravati river. The situation could get compounded for MRPL as the local petroleum tank farms are also expected to shortly dry up in a few days, probably compelling Mangalore to purchase fuel from either Vizag or Tamil Nadu. This is the first time since inception that the refinery has closed down its operations due to dearth of water supply.