The rainfall intensity has, however, dropped in the catchment areas. Of the four dams, Temghar, Panshet and Varasgaon recorded barely single-digit rainfall in the 24 hours ending Wednesday morning, while no rainfall was recorded in the Khadakwasla catchment.
Officials from the state irrigation department said they were monitoring the situation. “The catchments received fairly good rainfall in the last two weeks, which pushed up collective storage in the four dams. There has been a break in rainfall now, but the Met department has forecast more rain in the coming days,” an official said.
The collective stock in the four dams had dropped to 4.16 TMC in June, prompting the civic administration to introduce once-a-week water closure in the city areas. The dams’ storage has risen by 2 TMC in the last two weeks.
A senior official from the irrigation department said, “Water levels have started rising in all the four dams but there is still a long way to go as the collective storage is yet to reach 25% of total capacity. July and August are crucial as catchments receive maximum rainfall during these two months,” the official said.
The irrigation department has also appealed to the civic administration for judicious use of water. A civic official said, “We have continued with the once-a-week water closure in the city. There is no immediate plan to impose more water cuts. However, we are working on the options in case of scanty rain or a break in rainfall in the catchments in the coming months.”
Another PMC official said the state government was likely to hold a meeting to review water stock in dams.