The drainage operation has run for the last four days and fresh water from a nearby canal will be used to replenish the lake over the next four to five days, said Naveen Hullur, who is in charge of the area.
According to the local official, although the virus is usually transmitted through sexual intercourse, infected blood and from an infected mother to the baby in her womb or through breastfeeding, the villagers’ alarm at the discovery a week ago drove the demand for the lake to be drained.
The HIV virus which causes AIDS is not spread in air, water or in food, or by sharing cups, bowls, cutlery, clothing, or toilet seats.
It was not immediately clear how much the drainage operation would cost.
Public health officials in the region did not immediately respond to telephone calls and email messages from Reuters to seek comment.