Steady inflows and increasing water levels at four major drinking water sources Singur, Manjira, Osmansagar and Himayatsagar of the city , have brought back smiles to the faces of Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) officials.
At Singur reservoir, water level reached 1,694 feet as against the full tank level (FTL) of 1,717 feet. Last year on this day , the recorded water level at Singur was 1,687 feet. In less than a week, the water level rose to 1,694 feet and the HMWS&SB officials are planning to supply to the GHMC peripheral circles once the water level improves by another 10 feet. Due to fresh inflows, the water board was supplying water to 25 villages in Medak district.
Water levels at Osmansagar and Himayatsagar were also steadily increasing due to incessant rain in the catchment areas. In Osmansagar, the recorded water level is 1,758 feet against its FTL of 1,790 feet. Incidentally on the same day last year, the water level was 1,756 feet. At the Osmansagar or Gandipet, water level rose by five feet in as many days, while at Himayatsagar the inflows were not much as a result it recorded only two feet increase.“As the IMD predicted good rainfall this monsoon, we hope water levels at reservoirs will improve in the next couple of weeks,“ a senior HMWS&SB official told TOI.
At present, the water board was supplying 356 million gallons of water per day (mgd). “If water levels improve further, the HMWS&SB may increase supplies by another 50 mgd by the end of August and restore supplies to the GHMC peripheral circles from Singur and Manjira. However, there is no interruption in supply of 270 mgd of water from Krishna as levels at Akkampally are satisfactory ,“ the official added.Meanwhile, tanker demand has come down. In May and June, the water board used to receive nearly 5,000 requests amonth for tankers, but from July end, the number fell drastically , down to 2,000 per month. “ As there is not much demand for tankers, we are delivering them the same day ,“ the official added.
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