Puneites get ready to deal with water shortage as the Pune Municipal Corporation has announced water cuts in the city from Saturday. With the water situation going from bad to worse due to a delayed and weakened monsoon coupled with dipping water reserve in the dams supplying water to the city, the decision was announced on Thursday. An overall 12 percent cut in water supply is expected. The average daily water consumption in Pune city is around 1,250 MLD but from this Saturday, it would reduce to 1100 MLD.
The irrigation department had informed civic administration that there was only 1.93 TMC of water in the dams that supply water to the city and 1.8 TMC of it be available for use considering evaporation and other loss. There has been some rainfall in the city areas but the catchment areas of the four dams have been more or less dry.
Of the 76 prabhags in the city, 34 prabhags get the maximum water supply while those on fringe areas, get lesser supply. Areas of the city that are supplied water through the Parvati, Warje, Wadgaon water stations are likely to face upto 20% water cuts.
Civic officials said that they would start conducting a weekly review of the situation in catchment areas of dams and water levels since Indian Meterological Department (IMD) officials have predicted good rains from second week of July.