Water-level in Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir dips to 94.41 ft

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The water-level in the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir (KRS) near Srirangapatna, the lifeline of several districts in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, has dipped to 94.41 feet at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday. However, officials clarified that there was nothing to worry as of now, as the reservoir has sufficient water to meet the drinking water needs of Bangalore and other districts.

The water-level in the reservoir was 70.75 ft on the same day last year. The full reservoir level is 124.8 ft.

While inflow into the reservoir stood at 193 cubic feet per second (cusecs) at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, the outflow rate was 4,562 cusecs.

The ‘live storage’ of the reservoir was 10.6 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) on Sunday evening, an officer at the Regulation Section (Gauging) of Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. (CNNL) told The Hindu.

Apart from live storage, the reservoir has 4 to 4.4 tmcft of ‘dead storage’, which cannot be released into canals or the river, he added.

There will be no drinking water scarcity this year as the reservoir has a good quantity of water, P.C. Rangaraju, Executive Engineer of CNNL, told The Hindu on Sunday.

Water-level in the reservoir is expected to increase in the coming weeks as the catchments of Cauvery are expecting copious rainfall shortly, he said.

The reservoir supplies drinking water to Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya and Ramanagaram; and some districts in Tamil Nadu.

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