Rainstorm triggered by the Cyclone Phethai in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts has come as a blessing in disguise for the GVMC (Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation) which was thinking many options to deal with the possible water woes in the Vishakapatnam, after runaway the north-east monsoon.
Summer action plan
Taking in an impending water shortage in the next summer, given the depleting water levels at the reservoirs, the civic body even had started making summer action plan well in advance.
In recent times, the highers have recognised Yeleru reservoir, which is fed by the Purushottapatnam lift scheme during the flooding season, as the backup arrangement to ensure adequate water supply. To increase the quantum of water to be drawn from it, necessary works have also been taken up.
The water level at Raiwada reservoir gone up from 101.6 metres to 102.4 meters, The same at Tatipudi reservoir has increased by two feet-from 258.5 ft to 260.5 ft. Cyclone Phethai has offered a breather to the officials as the water levels at two major reservoirs have gone up.
Considering the daily supply, the Raiwada reservoir is estimated to be sustainable up to February 9 earlier. rain during the last two days, it is now expected to last until March 20, sources say, adding that further rise in the water level with the fresh inflows are expected to continue on Wednesday too.
Closer home, Megahdrigedda reservoir and the subsurface Mudasarlova reservoir have hardly experienced any rise in the water level, the sources add. It is being used as a balancing reservoir to tide over the summer crisis. From 48.4 ft, the water level has increased by a mere four inches and the same at Mudasarlova reservoir by two inches.