Pune: Citizens of Pune will not face water shortage for the time being, as all four dams supplying drinking water to Pune have 26 per cent water storage following good rainfall in the catchment areas over the past couple of weeks.
According to the Maharashtra State Water Resources Department, Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar dams had 26.5 per cent, or 7.7 TMC feet, water storage till Saturday morning. The water storage was only 6.77 TMC feet last year on the same day.
Rainfall in catchment areas of the four dams from June 1 till date was recorded at 2,252 mm while the average rainfall in the area is around 7,000 mm for the season.
However, there has been a lull in the rainfall for the past two days. During the 24 hours from Friday morning to Saturday morning, rainfall in Temghar dam’s catchment area was 25 mm, it was nine mm in Varasgaon’s catchment area while Panshet and Khadakwasla dams’ catchment areas experienced only four mm and one mm rainfall,
The State water resources department has planned the use of available water in the dams for providing drinking water to Pune in such a way that the current water storage will last till mid-August.
However, considering the existing water storage in the dams, it would last for three months more. The PMC lifts 1,250 MLD water to supply to over 35 lakh people, while 14 TMC ft water is required for the entire year’s water supply to the city, which is almost 50 pc of the storage capacity of the four dams.