Poondi gets fresh supply as Krishna water trickles in

Published: 09th July 2013 07:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2013 08:08 AM   |  A+A-

Krishna water that was discharged from the Kandaleru reservoir in Andhra Pradesh last week, trickled into the Poondi reservoir on Monday.

“The water, which was expected to reach Poondi reservoir on Sunday evening after it touched Zero Point on Saturday, started flowing into the reservoir at 3.45 pm on Monday. The delay was due to presence of siphons, which are used to convey water across a natural depression under a road or canal, in Alikudi canal and Rajan canal,” said chief engineer of water resources department R Emaraj. “Five cusecs of water have been received and the flow is expected to improve in the coming days,” he added.

Although, the city is under a wet spell, the water levels in the reservoirs are yet to improve. The arrival of Krishna water may have eased the worries of Metro Water officials but they are keeping their fingers crossed on when normal supply would resume.

“As of now, we are building up the storage level in the reservoir. Once the water stabilises, we will resume normal supply,” a Metro Water source said, but refused to provide a timeline.

Currently, the city has about 1.4 tmc feet of water, of which, 0.8tmc feet is dead storage.  Meanwhile, Metro Water is set to take up maintenance works in the Nemelli desalination plant.

“The plant has been working non-stop for months. We will be taking up maintenance works in the next 36 hours,” the Metro Water source said.

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