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Ooty Town unlikely to face water scarcity this year

The Parsons valley reservoir in Udhagamandalam which is the main drinking water source for Udhagamandalam town and Wellington, the water level has gone down due to lack of rain.

The Parsons valley reservoir in Udhagamandalam which is the main drinking water source for Udhagamandalam town and Wellington, the water level has gone down due to lack of rain.   | Photo Credit: HANDOUT_E_MAIL

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The Nilgiris district, especially Udhagamandalam Town, seems unlikely to face water scarcity due to good rain in the catchment areas last year.

According to officials in the Udhagamandalam Municipality (UMC), the availability of water in all the major reservoirs across the district including Marlimund, Tiger Hill, Gorishola, Doddabetta Upper and Lower, Kodappamund Upper and Lower, Old Ooty and Glen Rock, indicates that there will be no issues of water scarcity.

When compared with last year, when the district was reeling under an acute water shortage crisis, including both towns of Udhagamandalam and Coonoor, there is almost twice the amount water available in reservoirs and dams in the beginning of 2018.

“If managed well, the water could last well beyond the next summer season,” said an official from the UMC.

Apart from the Parson’s Valley Dam, where water storage levels are lower than last year because of it being used for power generation, Marlimund has more than five times the amount of water stored than last year, while Tiger Hill has water stored for up to 38.50 feet while it stood at just 3.50 feet last year. Similarly Gorishola has 14 feet of water left, while Doddabetta Upper and Lower have 31 feet of water and 14 feet of water stored respectively.

Officials said that the water available at the reservoirs will suffice till the next monsoon, and said that with careful management, will last well past the summer tourist season, when water consumption increases many fold.

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