Water woes: level in dams dips further

The near continuous drizzle in the city is just not enough to ensure adequate water level in the dams.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:July 11, 2009 12:24 am

The near continuous drizzle in the city is just not enough to ensure adequate water level in the dams. The overall rains remained scanty,thus lowering the water level in the dams.

On Friday,the total average water level in the four dams — Khadakwasla,Temghar,Varasgaon and Panshet — was 1.06 TMC. The water level needs to be at least 15 TMC to ensure adequate water supply to the city. At present,Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad areas are experiencing a water cut of 40 per cent and 20 per cent respectively.

“The situation has only worsened,” said executive engineer,Khadakwasla division,Vijay Ghogre. He said last year,when they had introduced a 20 per cent water cut at around the same time,they had a live water storage of 7 TMC. “With very sparse rainfall in the catchment areas in the last few days,the levels have further reduced,” Ghogre added.

On Friday,the four dams recorded only 5mm-6 mm rainfall while Pavana dam in Pimpri Chinchwad recorded 94 mm rainfall. The Irrigation Department officers said the rainfall should be at least 100 mm for adequate water supply to Pune.

On July 2,District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar had ordered that dam water should be used only for drinking and all water bodies in the district should be reserved for it. District Collector Chandrakant Dalvi said local bodies in the district will have to place an advance demand for drinking water with the Water Resources Department. The bodies will have to give 50 per cent of their water bill to the department along with the same amount of bank guarantee.

Meanwhile,the weather department is hopeful that the rains will arrive in full strength by next week. According to IMD officers,the state is experiencing an uneven rainfall.

Even as some areas in the Sahyadris received good showers,at other places the rainfall was inadequate. The department said such disparities are common in monsoon. While areas near Western Ghats — Konkan and Vidarbha — are witnessing heavy showers,the interior regions are not so lucky.

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