Mangalore City Has Sufficient Water: No Water Rationing Likely For Next Twenty Days

Mangalore City Has Sufficient Water: No Water Rationing Likely For Next Twenty Days

Since the water stored in Mangalore City Corporation’s (MCC) dam at Thumbe is sufficient for the next 20 days, the city corporation is not likely to introduce water supply rationing anytime soon, especially when the assembly election is round the corner.
According to officials of the MCC, the rate of reduction in the water level at Thumbe Dam has reduced from 8cm to 4cm per day due to the pumping of water from the backwater of Harekala barrage, which is yet to be commissioned. The MCC had started pumping back water from the backwaters of the Harekala barrage, which is located downstream of Thumbe Dam, a week ago.
“Earlier, the water level in Thumbe Dam was witnessing an average of 8cm reduction per day. However, after the MCC started pumping backwater from Harekala barrage, Thumbe Dam started showing only up to 4cm of reduction per day,” an officer told TOI dismissing any possibilities of water rationing for at least the next 20 days.
On Saturday, the water level at Thumbe Dam was 4.97 meters against the maximum level of 6 meters. Meanwhile, the water level of the dam on Sunday was 4.95 meters, the official said.

“There was a water supply disruption in the city between 6am on April 27 and 6am on April 29 as the MCC was taking maintenance work at the pumping station in Thumbe. We have resumed pumping water to the city on Saturday and it may take one or two days for elevated areas to receive water,” the officer said.
In fact, the inflow of water into Thumbe Dam had stopped from the first week of March due to a lack of pre-monsoon showers. Though Sullia and surrounding areas have witnessed rain in the past two days, it will not be sufficient to increase the inflow to the dam. The city corporation will have to think of water rationing only if the catchment areas of Thumbe Dam do not receive rain in the next three weeks, according to officials.
‘Use water judiciously’
Deputy commissioner Ravi Kumar M R said that the lack of pre-monsoon showers has led to drying of rivers in Dakshina Kannada. “Supplying drinking water has become a challenge for local administrations. Hence, people should use water judiciously,” Kumar said.

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