Better supply of Cauvery water this year: BWSSB

Better supply of Cauvery water this year: BWSSB

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The bountiful start of monsoon this year has proved to be a boon for the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) as it won't face difficulty in supplying Cauvery water — with a brimming upstream river catchment of Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) and Kabini — unlike last year.

At the moment, the KRS reservoir has recorded 101.90 feet of water, as against the full capacity of 124.8 feet. Kabini is just short of the full level recording of 2,281.08 feet, as against 2,284 feet, which is the optimum reservoir level.

R Sreenivasan, chief engineer (Cauvery), said that this year they are placed better in terms of supplying water to the city as the reservoirs have received enough rainfall. "Last year, in June, the reservoir levels were just half of that recorded this year. In 2017, during the summer months, the reservoir levels were low, leading to discussions in the ministerial level to ration potable water. However, in 2017, the river basin received heavy rain between August and October, filling the reservoirs," he added.

At the moment, the board is drawing 1,350 million litres of water for the city for over 9 lakh consumers.