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Pune Dams Reach Significant Water Storage Level, Easing Residents’ Water Woes

The increasing water storage levels in the Pune dams provide hope and relief to the city's residents.

The water storage in the dams supplying water to Pune has reached a significant level, providing some respite to the city’s residents. The Khadakwasla dam, one of the major water sources for Pune, is currently at 51 percent water storage. Although the water restrictions in Pune will remain in place until the dam reaches full capacity and its gates are opened, the increasing water levels are a positive sign for the citizens.

Water Conservation Measures and Anticipation of Low Rainfall

The anticipation of low rainfall this year, attributed to the El Nino effect, prompted the Maharashtra state government to take proactive measures to conserve water during the summer months. In response, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) was instructed to ensure the water in the dams could be utilized until August 31. Consequently, the PMC implemented several water conservation measures and enforced water cuts to meet this objective.

Since May 18, a scheduled water cutoff has been implemented every Thursday, resulting in a potential saving of at least 0.25 Thousand Million Cubic feet (TMC) of water. However, this has led to inadequate water supply in approximately 20 percent of the area on Fridays and Saturdays, which has caused inconvenience to the citizens. Recognizing this issue, the PMC has taken steps to address the situation and improve water supply.

Alleviating Water Pressure and Measures for Improved Supply

To alleviate the air pressure in the aqueduct and enhance water supply, over 150 air valves have been installed. These valves help regulate the flow of water and prevent airlocks, ensuring a steady and uninterrupted supply to various areas. The installation of these air valves has significantly improved water supply in many parts of Pune.

Rainfall Status and Water Storage Update

The month of June witnessed below-average rainfall, with the catchment area of the dams also receiving less precipitation than expected. Despite the meteorological department’s prediction of heavy rains in the hilly region (Ghat) during July, the anticipated rainfall has yet to materialize. As of this morning, a total of 8.14 TMC (27.92 percent) of water storage has been accumulated in the four dams, namely Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon, and Temghar. Among these, the Khadakwasla Dam alone has accumulated 1.03 TMC (51.99 percent) of water.

Outlook for Water Restrictions

The citizens of Pune are eagerly awaiting the lifting of the water restrictions. However, the decision to lift these restrictions will be made at the appropriate time, following discussions at the senior level. It is important to note that the water restrictions can only be lifted once the Khadakwasla dam reaches its full capacity and the gates are opened. Until then, unless there is substantial rainfall and sufficient water storage in the dams, the citizens may continue to face water scarcity.

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