Good rainfall in its catchment is the reason

Water level in the Bhavanisagar reservoir has witnessed a significant increase in the last few days, bringing cheers to the farming community in the district.

The dam, the lifeline of thousands of farmers in the district, has been witnessing copious inflow since March 7 following good rainfall in its catchment.

The water level has gone up by 4.28 ft in the last five days alone.

On March 7, the dam had a water level of 33.93 ft. This has increased to 38.21 ft on Monday due to good inflow. “The dam received over 2,000 cusecs of water for the last few days and it went down to 803 cusecs on Monday. If rain continues for a few more days in the catchment areas, the water level will touch 50 ft,” a senior official in the Public Works Department said.

The storage in the dam stood at 2.179 tmcft and the outflow was maintained at 150 cusecs.

The dam is the primary water resource for more than 2.5 lakh acres in Erode, Karur and Tirupur districts.

Water level in the dam plummeted fast due to poor rainfall. The existing storage in the dam was utilised for old ayacuts of Bhavani River — Kalingarayan, Thadapalli and Arakkankottai.

Farmers in the Lower Bhavani Project ayacut, which has more than 2 lakh acres, were not given water for irrigation this year as the dam had very little water.

Farmers from the LBP ayacut urged the officials not to release water for irrigation till the level crossed 50 ft mark.