Even before the taking away of southwest monsoon, the reservoirs that supply water to city have not witnessed good inflows this year. The only glimmering light of hope is the brimming Yeleru reservoir, which touched the 85.2-metre range against its full level of 86.5 metres on Friday.
the wait is getting longer for a good burst of rains to reach safer levels for the next summer, rains remained elusive in catchment areas of these reservoirs in Visakhapatnam and neighbouring districts, the GVMC officials have pinned their hopes on the coming northeast monsoon, which could bring one or two spells of rains to north coastal Andhra region. Things were somewhat better in the last two years. The present situation is not good for especially Raiwada, Tatipudi and Meghadri Gedda reservoirs.
From Yeluru reservoir a GVMC water supply wing official informed that they are now planning to draw 350 cusecs. Reservoir instead of the current 300 cusecs to compensate for the decreased water supply from other reservoirs. “Meanwhile bund strengthening and other works will be carried out on the Yeleru canal to realise more water from the reservoir,” expressed the official.
with the initial spell of rains in June and July there was some improvement in water levels in the reservoirs
months, the continuing water drawls from these reservoirs for both agricultural and drinking water purposes have brought down the water levels again. The GVMC is currently getting about 80-85 MGD water from all these reservoirs and wants to take it to 100 MGD by drawing more water from Yeleru reservoir to meet the water supply needs of the city.