Pune: Water supply may be affected as major water reserves depleting at five dams

Khadakvasala dam
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Shikha Chaurasia

Pune, July 19, 2020: Major water reserves in five dams of Pune city which are responsible for the supply of drinking water in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad are fast depleting.

The reserves in Varasgaon, Khadakwasla, Pavana, Panshet and Temghar as of July 17 were recorded to be between 15.45 and 41.01 percent of their capacity. The onset of monsoon in Pune city has been going on since the past 40 days. Despite the rain, the dams are still depleting.

Pune city has recorded 404.6 mm of rainfall in this season as of July 17. For this time of the year, this is 17 per cent above normal. The collective water capacity in these five dams stands at 11.76 thousand million cubic feet. Water reserve in Pavana dam has fallen to 34.45 per cent which is less than the amount recorded as of June 1.

Most of the stocks in these dams is because of the rainfall from last season. But, these stocks are also decreasing drastically because of the less amount of rainfall recorded in peak rainy months of June and July. Pune city did not face any major water crisis because of the surplus amount of stock in dams due to last season’s rainfall.