Unhindered water supply to B'lore, Mysore for next two months

 Though water levels at the Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir have dropped alarmingly, official sources in Mysore have re-assured that water supply to Bangalore and Mysore will not be hit at least for the next two months, which is about the time when monsoon showers are expected.

As on Saturday, water levels at KRS reservoir was 72.71 ft (maximum capacity - 124.80 ft), while it was 48.50 ft (maximum capacity - 84 ft) at Kabini. During the corresponding period last year,  KRS had 98.63 ft water, with an inflow of 661 cusecs and outflow 4,925 cusecs. At Kabini, the water level stood at around 67 ft.

According to the sources, while the district administration has made alternative arrangements to address water needs of Mysore, Bangalore has no such luxury.

In the event the water levels were to reach 60 ft or below (dead storage), water will be drawn from the bed of KRS dam, replicating the solution adopted in 2004 when the S M Krishna government was in office.

According to an estimate, Mysore requires 200 million litres a day (MLD) of water against Bangalore’s 1,800 MLD. In the case of Mysore, though the situation could be managed at least till June, the same cannot be said of Bangalore.

For Bangalore, drinking water is supplied from both KRS and Kabini. However, owing to the prevailing drought situation, water supply to Bangalore from Kabini has been stopped from the middle of January.

A minimum of 600 cusecs of the total outflow from KRS is required to reach Shiva balancing reservoir near Bangalore, from where water is drawn to the City.
Water supply will be hit in a majority of localities in Bangalore if the outflow is less than 600 cusecs.

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