With poor rainfall having finally hit the city’s water supply, residents will now get water supply on alternate days from Monday onwards, which means a 30 per cent cut in daily water consumption of the city.
“The water level in dams is not as expected due to poor rainfall so far. There is no guarantee of rainfall to cover the shortage of water. Thus, it was decided to implement alternate day water supply in the city from Monday onwards,” said Guardian minister Girish Bapat.
Bapat had called a meeting of officials from irrigation department, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Collector’s office along with office-bearers of the civic body. “The water cut is inevitable in the present circumstances as the dams are only half-filled. However, there would be some relaxation in water cuts during Ganesh festival and Eid,” he said.
A review of the water situation would be undertaken every few weeks and if the rainfall changes the situation, there would be changes in supply accordingly, the minister said.
At present, he said, the PMC was drawing 1,250 MLD water everyday, which would be brought down to 850 MLD per day, less by approximately 30 per cent.
“It is on the suggestion of PMC that the water supply is being planned on alternate days. The cut for the entire city everyday would lead to inequitable water supply across the city while dividing the city in two parts and supplying water on alternate days would help ensure sufficient water in the entire city,” Bapat said.
The planning by PMC has to be done while keeping the technical limitations in mind, Bapat said, adding the care would be taken to ensure that water supply network was not get affected due to change in the supply timetable.
Mayor Dattatraya Dhankawade said residents should cooperate with the civic administration to tackle the situation.
“The water cut is being done to ensure that the available water lasts till next monsoon. There will not be increase in quantum of water cut, but it can be reduced if there is rainfall in the coming days,” he said.