Free Press Journal

Indore: Poor rainfall leaves ponds in dire straits, to hit water supply


Indore: With season’s rainfall faring less than average so far, apart from farmers the Indore Municpal Corporation (IMC) too are anticipating hard times ahead. The civic body feared tap water supply would be hit in the western parts of the city if it rained lesser this year as primary sources like ponds and other local water bodies were running short of water.

“Usually, all ponds in the city get filled with rainwater by mid-August. But this year, the situation is alarming due to inadequate rainfall,” said in charge of water works committee in IMC, Balram Verma. He said that water level in ponds of the city is very low and in this scenario it would be difficult to ensure supply of water from Yashwant Sagar and Bilawali ponds throughout the year.

Notably, as many as 30 MLD water is supplied in western parts of the city through taps from Yashwant Sagar, while Bada Bilawali pond contributes three MLD water. If filled to capacity, supply of water from these ponds does not suffer even in summer.  “But, if the ponds are not filled to capacity, it will be difficult to ensure supply of water from these two ponds after February,” Verma said, adding that “Condition of other ponds too is bad due to inadequate rainfall in this season. Water level in all these ponds is way below their capacity.”

With the inadequate rainfall failing to re-energise groundwater level, many parts of the city is feared to witness acute water shortage in next summer. Groundwater experts said that if the city witnessed below 30 inch rainfall, water storage in ground would recede below 500 feet in many parts of the city by February. Resultantly, a large population of the city would have to face sever water crisis in summer.

About 30 per cent population of the city is dependent on bore wells for water supply in the city.