Rain averts water crisis

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Heartening: Rain lashed several parts of the city on Saturday. —
Heartening: Rain lashed several parts of the city on Saturday. —

Special Correspondent

Water levels at the three major reservoirs encouraging

Hyderabad: The water crisis facing the State capital has blown over. Thanks to the steady inflows, the water position in the reservoirs is comfortable. The HMWSSB is relieved that it need not have to go for emergency pumping, a possibility which seemed inevitable not long ago.

The situation has turned for the better ever since monsoon picked up in the last 10 days. A total of 4.5 tmc water has flown into Singur, Himayatsagar and Osmansgar reservoirs since August 25. “This is good amount of water and it is sufficient to last till next June”, said S. Prabhakar Sharma, Director (Technical), HMWSSB.

The authorities were expecting a shortfall of 30 mgd with water level going down drastically in Osmansagar and Himayatsagar. They had even planned to gradually curtail the supplies. Now with good rains lashing the city, Osmansagar has received .611 tmc, Himayatsagar .73 tmc and Singur 3.192 tmc water since August 25.

The Board is now virtually out of crisis. On Saturday it supplied 331.64 mgd water as against 327 mgd earlier. The Board is expecting the reservoirs to get further inflows as good rains are expected during September and October.

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