Given the decreasing quantum of water availability and fluctuating seasonal rainfall as part of global phenomenon, the Government has decided to expedite the constitution of AP Water Resources Regulatory Commission (APWRRC).

The proposed Bill was mooted in 2009 to advice the Government on promoting optimum utilisation of available water for crops and other purposes and avoid wastage. However a need was felt to redraft the rules in line with the proposed objectives of the Bill. Senior Irrigation department officials said that the redrafted APWRRC rules had been submitted to the Government and new guidelines would be issued in 15 days.

The commission would be headed by an IAS officer (retired) of the rank of Chief Secretary as Chairman and comprise two members- one with expertise in technical matters such as a retired engineer-in-chief and another expert in economics and finance . The board should be in place by March, sources said.

The judicious water management assumed significance as most of the Jalayagnam projects were based on flood waters which would not be the case often and thus storing available water would become crucial.

At present water level in both the Nagarjunasagar and Srisailam was at the lowest level and they would require tight management to ensure drinking water supply till July-end which would be the first priority followed by agriculture and industry.