The Coimbatore Corporation sounded relieved on Monday with the news that the water level in Siruvani Dam had risen by nearly six feet over the last couple of days.
“The South-West Monsoon is providing us with fairly good rain over the last three days. We need this to avoid scarcity of drinking water during the World Classical Tamil Conference next week,” Mayor R. Venkatachalam said.
The dam recorded 50 mm, 85 mm and 82 mm rain on Saturday, Sunday and Monday respectively. (The recording is till 8.30 a.m. on all these days.) “We got reports of heavy rain throughout the day on Monday also.”
From 12.79 ft (as against the full reservoir level of 50.85 ft) on Saturday the level rose to 18.70 ft at 8.30 a.m. on Monday. “It is still rising as there is good inflow from the falls and streams,” the Mayor said. On June 14 last year, the water level was only 6.79 ft, he said.
The June 10-14 period last year saw the level remaining in the 6.75 ft to 7.5 ft range.