Pune Rains | Pune Residents’ Drinking Water Woes Alleviated as Dams Reach Decent Storage Levels


Pune: Pune Rains | Pune residents can finally heave a sigh of relief as the year-long concern over drinking water scarcity has come to an end. Thanks to the continuous and substantial rains in the dam areas, the four dams of the Khadakwasla Dam chain project have accumulated a water storage of 17.21 TMC, which translates to 59.03 percent of their capacity.

While this achievement marks a significant improvement in the water situation, it is essential to note that compared to last year, this year’s water storage is 3.27 TMC less, representing an 11.18 percent deficit. Consequently, the ongoing water cut in the city, implemented every Thursday, will continue for a few more days. A decision regarding further water reduction will be made after reviewing the water storage in the dam post-August 1.

The month of June witnessed considerable rainfall in the state, and the trend continued into July, with intermittent rains refreshing the catchment areas of Temghar, Varasgaon, Panshet, and Khadakwasla dams—the primary sources of water supply for Pune city. The collective storage capacity of these dams reached 17.21 TMC as of 5 pm on Monday (24th). However, on the same day last year, the combined storage stood at 20.48 TMC, equivalent to 70.21 percent.

Pune city typically receives 11.60 TMC from the Khadakwasla Dam chain, with an additional 1.75 TMC allocated for the surrounding villages, 2.67 TMC from Bhamaaskhed Dam, and 0.36 TMC from Pavana Dam. Additionally, the municipality draws excess water from the Khadakwasla dam chain, bringing the total water supply to 16 TMC (inclusive of sanctioned quota and excess water) for Pune city.

While the current storage level of 17.21 TMC is a positive sign, the water cut on Thursdays will persist until further review post-August 1. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) remains vigilant about water conservation efforts and will assess the dam’s storage levels to make informed decisions on water reduction measures.

The catchment areas of the dams have witnessed a significant boost in water storage in a short span. From 8.88 TMC on July 17 to 17.21 TMC on Monday (24th), an impressive 8.33 TMC, equivalent to twice the initial storage, has been added within seven days.

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