Herald: Water level at OPA drops to its lowest point

Water level at OPA drops to its lowest point

04 Jun 2019 05:48am IST
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04 Jun 2019 05:48am IST
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Government officials hope for a good monsoon to help them meet the State’s water requirements

Team Herald 

PONDA:  The authorities looking into the water crisis at OPA dam are now pinning all their hopes on the expected rainfall this monsoon season as they have run out of all other emergency measures.  WRD, PWD and other officials are struggling to maintain sufficient water level and while there have been dangerously low water levels throughout the month of May, on Sunday, June 2, it dipped to its lowest level at 1.64 meters.  This forced the authorities to supply less amount of water over the weekend.  

It maybe recalled that recently as part of measures to address the water shortage, all the sixteen Bandaras were opened to meet the water requirements in the summer. Thereafter, water from the mining pits too was used in addition to the water it receives from Salaulim and Ganjem Dams respectively.  Sources added that almost nine pumps were used to fetch water from three mining pits and that despite all these efforts, the water levels have failed to reach the expected level of 2.40 meters. 

While Panjim and Tiswadi taluka  have not yet been affected by the water supply, parts of Ponda taluka have been affected especially areas like Bethora, Borim and the the tail-ends where the water pressure is low.  While officials have said that these problems are being addressed through the use of water tankers, villagers have complained that the water shortage problems are a daily headache. 

WRD officials have hoer added that water levels are fluctuating and that it has reached the average level it had since May and that there was no reason to panic as there is plenty of water in the mining pits, which are sufficient to meet the water requirements and that they are working on ensuring water reaches the plant and then reaches its destination.

Given that this is bound to be an annual issue and there could be similar problems next summer, officials have said that steps should be taken now itself to prevent undue wastage of water. Furthermore, officials on the condition of anonymity feel that a provision is made wherein new residential complexes, mega projects, industries etc are made to carry out rain water harvesting exercise as well as checking that sufficient storage tanks have been constructed at the site. 
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