Osmansagar and Himayatsagar gain good levels due to recent rain

The water crisis looming over the State capital has blown over, thanks to the recent torrential rains. Authorities at the Water Board are upbeat with the good inflows into the city’s principal reservoirs. Osmansagar has gained four feet water and with last month’s inflows the total goes up to 5.5 feet. The level in Himayatsagar too has gone up by 5.5 feet, including two and half feet in the last two days.

In fact the Board was preparing to instal two pumps of 100 HP capacity in Osmansagar and one pump of 300 HP in Himayatsagar. But with the recent downpour the Board has shelved the plans. Even the one pump installed earlier to pump water through the six mgd conduit to Asifngagar filters has been stopped from Sunday.

Natural gravity

“There is no need to pump water. It is now flowing by natural gravity,” said Adhar Sinha, Managing Director, HMWSSB.

Residents in areas served by Osmansagar and Himayatsagar can heave a sigh of relief as the water supplied to them will not be affected by power cuts.

Earlier, they used to get reduced water due to frequent power cuts. With water now flowing through gravity this problem is taken care of.

Groundwater level up

There is also a sharp fall in the number of water tankers supplied by the Board after Friday’s heavy rain. The downpour has also helped charge the groundwater. The pizometers installed at Khairatabad, Ameerpet, Musheerabad, Himayatnagar and Shaikpet have registered a significant rise in the groundwater level.

However, in Asifnagar, Bahadurpura, Charminar, Saidabad, Nampally and Marredpally there is marginal rise in the groundwater level. “With the recent rains the groundwater level has almost reached the level prevailing in June last year,” Mr. Adhar Sinha said.

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