As Yamuna Dries Up; Drinking Water Problems in Delhi to Worsen
- Shortage of drinking water in Delhi.
- Production capacity at Wazirabad, Chandarwal and Okhla water treatment plants plummets as Yamuna dries.
- The Wazirabad pond levels on Saturday stood at 669.40 feet, 6.1 feet below normal.
New Delhi: Delhi may face a drinking water shortage shortly after the Yamuna river is flagged as ‘almost dried’. With the rising temperatures in the national capital, the production capacity at Wazirabad, Chandarwal and Okhla water treatment plants seems to have dipped. The declining production capacity has compounded the water problem in several areas officials from the Delhi Jal Board said.
“The Yamuna has almost dried up. The water level in the Wazirabad pond has dipped to 669.40 feet, the lowest this year so far. Consequently, the production capacity at Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla water treatment plants has further dropped to 60-70 per cent,” the official said.
In the Wazirabad pond, the water levels reached 669.40 feet, the lowest this year so far declining the production capacity at the three plants by 60-70 per cent. The level on Saturday stood at 670.40 feet against 675.50 feet- normal. A reduction of 40 per cent means a shortage of 98 MGD of water. The plants supply drinking water to NE Delhi, West Delhi, North Delhi, Central Delhi, South Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Council areas.
The pond levels for the last time had dropped on July 11, following which the DJB had moved the SC seeking directions to Haryana to release additional water in the Yamuna.