THENI: For the first time, water level in Sothuparai dam in Periakulam taluk crossed 100 feet during peak summer, thanks to torrential showers in Kodaikanal hill last week. The dam has remained dry during summer in the past five years. Its level stood at 100.6 feet on Wednesday. (Total height of the dam is 126 feet.)
Farmers in the district are jubilant as storage level in several tanks and reservoirs has gone up substantially. Storage is comfortable in 13 out of 36 irrigation tanks under the control of Public Works Department and major reservoirs like Periyar and Vaigai. Water level in Periyar dam stood at 110.3 feet with an inflow of 185 cusecs. The discharge was nil. Storage was 959 mcft.
Vaigai dam had 31.92 foot of water. Inflow into the dam was 94 cusecs and the discharge was 41 cusecs for drinking water purpose. Storage was 451 mcft. Manjalar dam had water up to 32 feet.
Rainfall was nil in the district and also in the catchments of Periyar and Vaigai reservoirs in the last 24 hours. But strong wind blew across the district.
Residents of Dindigul, Chinnalapatti and 17 wayside villages heaved a sigh of relief as storage level shot up to 14 feet in Athoor dam, the lifeline of Dindigul.
It will help in solving the drinking water crisis to a large extent.