Pune: The water level in four dams has gone down and is as low as 3.61 thousand million cubic feet (TMC) as compared to 5.6 TMC last year. But the civic body has still not found it necessary to issue a single notice to stop unnecessary usage of drinking water for gardening, building construction, washing vehicles and other activities.
Irrigation Department officials have said that dam water will be enough for the city’s needs at end of the August. But they cautioned that the civic body needs to take precautionary measures to stop usage of drinking water for non-drinking purposes. They claimed that civic body should not wait for their orders or directives.
While speaking to Sakal Times, VG Kulkarni, Head of Water Supply Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation, said, “There is nothing to worry about water. There is enough water in dams. We will wait for another 15 days and after that, we will take a decision on stopping water usage for non-drinking purposes.”
Pune city gets water from four dams- Khadakwasla, Temghar, Panshet and Varasgaon. Four dams have a collective capacity of 29.05 TMC. Pune city and the district has not received enough rainfall.
After a couple of heavy showers, monsoon has taken a break. July is considered as the rainy month of monsoon.
However, there is no sign of heavy rainfall, though the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted rainfall.
On the other side, water in the four dams supplying water to Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad is decreasing day by day and the PMC is not doing anything. Usually, the civic body issues order at the end of June if there is no rainfall in dams.
Officials from the PMC Water Supply Department said that they are taking 1,350 million litres of water per day from the dam to cater to the drinking water needs of the city.