Bengaluru: With an increase in the water level in KRS after water was released from the Hemavathy river, the BWSSB is slowly resuming its usual withdrawal of 1,150 MLD of water. This will start to reflect in slightly improved water supply to the city from Friday.
All the 60 pumps of BWSSB ran normally on Thursday. Fifteen pumps had ceased to function last week as there was no supply from the Cauvery river and BWSSB was drawing only 750-800 MLD from the river, though the city is entitled to 1450 MLD from the Cauvery every day.
On Thursday, the Shiva Balancing Reservoir from where the BWSSB lifts raw water, reached minus five (-5) from minus 45 on May 15. “Now that KRS has a comfortable level of water, we have started to draw the usual amount of water for Bengaluru.
Bengalureans should start getting their routine supply from Friday,” said a senior BWSSB official. With KRS level increasing, the authorities have started digging trenches for the water to reach the Shiva Balancing Reservoir and the Varuna Canal to supply water to Bengaluru and Mysore.
With the Netkal Balancing Reservoir reaching its normal level, too, a BWSSB official said “We are expecting moderate to heavy rainfall and we are expecting that Bengaluru will not have to suffer any water crisis from now on, at least till next summer.”
The water level in KRS has increased by two feet and the increase in storage by 0.5 TMC in the last three days with water released from Hemavathi reaching the reservoir