The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board ( HMWSSB ) is making all arrangements to commence water supply from Osman Sagar and Himayathsagar as the supplies from Singur and Manjeera have been stalled.
Showers in the last couple of days gave some hope to water board officials, who have been waiting since June for the monsoon to fill up the Osmansagar and Himayatsagar lakes. Though the water level in both bodies was lesser compared to last year, the situation is critical for the former.
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On Thursday, the Osmansagar Lake’s water level was recorded at 0.055 thousand million cubic ft. (TMC), drastically low when compared to the reading of 0.820 TMC last year on the same day. Though the water level at the Himayatsagar lake is also low compared to a year ago, it had 0.542 TMC on Tuesday, little lesser than the 0.621 TMC recorded the previous year.
As a result, residents in few areas of Rajendranagar, Gachibowli, Serilingampally and neighbouring areas are facing some inconvenience.
A senior official from the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB), not wishing to be identified, said that water is currently being supplied from the two lakes through emergency pumping. Since the water levels are low, only 25 million gallons per day (MGD) is being supplied to the city, instead of the regular 40 MGD. The deficit in supply is covered by the Krishna phase-3 project, he mentioned.
“We have been praying for the monsoons since June, but the situation has not improved. The recent rains have given us some hope, or else the condition of the lakes will continue to be critical,” said the HMWSSB official. He added that only heavy rains could fill up the catchment areas in Tandur, Chevella, Parigi and Vikarabad areas, and improve the situation.
To ensure regular supply to these areas, HMWSSB is making required arrangements, including supply through water tankers.
If need be more water tankers will be pressed into service and they will be operated round the clock, said HMWSSB official during a meeting with officials here on Saturday.
He also instructed the officials to prepare summer action plan to ensure regular water supply to the citizens, said a press release.