PUNE: The current water storage in the four dams of the Khadakwasla system would suffice the city for four months. The water storage increased from 3.61 TMC to 8.97 TMC in the past five days. The storage level has been rising due to incessant rainfall in the catchment areas for the past week. Around 0.50 TMC of water was added in just past eight hours.
Four days ago, the water level in the four dams had gone down to 3.61 TMC as compared to 5.6 TMC last year. Therefore, the Irrigation Department was worried about the water supply to the city. It started pouring in last weekend, which changed the scenario. The storage reached 8.97 TMC on Monday evening. Last year, it was 7.89 TMC on the same day in July.
VG Kulkarni, Head of the Water Supply Department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), told Sakal Times, “The city requires 1.05 TMC water per month. Due to continuous rain in the catchment areas of the four dams, there is a steady increase in the storage of these dams. Right now, we have water sufficient for four months.”
Pune gets water from four dams – Khadakwasla, Temghar, Panshet and Varasgaon. They have a collective storage capacity of 29.05 TMC. The city and the district have not received enough rainfall. The monsoon had taken a break after a couple of heavy showers. July is considered as the month that sees heavy rain.
NO WATER ON JULY 12
The PMC has decided to suspend water supply across the city on Thursday due to some emergency work at Parvati and other water pumping stations. According to officials, they are going to install a water flow meter at the Parvati water supply centre. The Parvati centre receives water from the Khadakwasla dam from where it is distributed to other pumping stations in the city.