WARANGAL: With very less water available in the tanks, this summer is likely to pose drinking water crisis to the residents of the tricities - Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet.
People in these cities are already complaining about delay in supply of water. Officials are supplying water through municipal taps once in 4-5 days. The water-level in the lakes providing supply to the three cities are
Bhadrakali, Waddepalli and Dharmasagar.
The full capacity of Waddepalli lake is 135 mcft. At present, it is hold 101 mcft of water against the dead storage-level of 20 mcft which means only 81 mcft of water is available for use.
In Bhadrakali lake, there is 77 mcft of water that can be used against it full capacity of 150 mcft. The Dharmasagar lake can hold 839 mcft of water and its dead storage-level is 60 mcft. About 336 mcft of water can be used from this lake.
Superintendent engineer Abdul Rahman said everyday 3.5 mcft of water is required to provide water in the city and that the water available in the lake will last till May.
"During the months of May, June and July, we will require 200 mcft of water. We will start pump water from Devadula very soon," he said. However, people are worried that the taps would go dry, given the poor supply in the beginning of summer itself.
Residents of Bhavani Nagar, NGO Colony, Gudibandal, Machili Bazaar complained of acute shortage of water in their areas. "Many bores are getting dry. Water is being released once in 3-4 days in our colony. Officials need to take steps to provide water to us," said Kandagatla Jyothi of Machili Bazaar.
Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari has already announced that Rs 8.57cr will be utilised to pump water to the Dharmasagar lake from the Devadula project.
The water scarcity in the rural areas of Warangal district too is acute. People are being forced to travel long distances in search of a water body to fetch a pitcher of water to the house....