The delay in the arrival of the monsoons seems to be leading to a drinking water crisis in the City. The depleting water levels in the reservoirs, which are the main source of drinking water is the actual reason for this. The twin reservoirs, Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar, the most important sources of drinking water have registered a shocking decrease in levels. In both these reservoirs the water storage capacity fell to 0.726 tmc and 0.515 tmc respectively from the normal levels of 3.900 and 2.967 respectively.
Given the rate of depletion HMWS&SB authorities were forced to source water from Krishna Phase 1 (Akkampally project) to meet the existing demand of drinking water in the City.
The water levels feel by a record level at other reservoirs like Singur, Manjira and Akkampally as well. For instance, in Singur the storage capacity fell from the normal level of 29.917 tmc to 10.445 tmc and in Manjira the water level fell from 1.500 tmc to 0.587 tmc during summer. In Akkampally, it fell from 1.499 tmc to a shocking 0.610. “The increase in day time temperatures and delay in monsoons has led to the decrease in water levels,” Water Board incharge director (technical) D Sundara Rami Reddy said. Especially, in the last one month, when the temperatures hovered between 40’C to 45’C.
Sundara Rami Reddy however, asked the residents of the City to not panic as they were trying to meet the water demand.“Though the we have recorded a huge depletion in water levels, Hyderabadis do not need to panic. We have installed special motors at various reservoirs to pump water through gravity,” he said.
The board officials have unofficially stopped the supply of drinking water through water tankers at many places especially in peripheral areas of GHMC. This is evident with the fact that the requests of many residents for supply of water tankers are being ignored by the water board. But, the officials maintain that they have not taken any such decision.