There could be up to 25% cut in the water supply in city if rains do not bless the catchment area of Udaipur lakes over the next 5 days. Water works department has started firming up plans for the same.
With poor rainfall in the catchment area of Udaipur, the lakes that feed water into the city through the year have not received enough water to last the year. It is becoming a challenge to even sustain water supply every alternate day in the city.
Water works department is facing a challenge considering the increased water demand that comes during summer. Hence they will have to start cutting water supply right from now so that enough water is available to last the summer. If required, water tankers may have to be deployed in certain cases.
Mansi Wakal dam currently supplies 38MLD (1MLD=10 Lakh ltr) water to Udaipur every day. This is roughly 40% of the daily requirement of Udaipur (93 MLD). Besides, Mansi Wakal also provides water to 22 other villages in Jhadol. The dam currently has water to last 200 days. The dam did not receive even half a feet of water this monsoon.
While Jaisamand lake has enough water to cater to Udaipur, but the pipeline between Udaipur and Jaisamand does not have enough capacity to cater to increased requirement. Currently Jaisamand is supplying 22 MLD water to Udaipur.
Anand Prakash Meena, SE Water works department said that if there is no rainfall in catchment area in next 5 days then they will have no other option but to start reduction in water supply.