Delhi: Water crisis in these areas from today; All you need to know
Some areas of Delhi are at risk of facing water shortage from today, May 13, as the water level of the Yamuna River has dropped to a critical level. Delhi government officials said operations at water treatment plants in Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla had been affected. “From Friday morning, the water supply will remain affected until the water level of Wazirabad pond returns to normal,” they said.
The Delhi government yesterday sent an SOS to the Haryana government – the third time in two weeks, urging to release water into the Yamuna River to avert a water crisis.
The city government had previously written to the Haryana Irrigation Department about the matter on May 3 and April 30.
According to an official, “Haryana is releasing less water into the river which has caused the water level of Wazirabad pond to drop to a critical level of 671.80ft from the normal level of 674.5ft. .Several areas of Delhi may face water scarcity.”
Besides, the SOS also mentioned that the stream through CLC (Carrier-Lined Channel) and DSB (Delhi Sub-Branch) is also fluctuating amid the heatwave warning in the city.
India’s meteorological department issued a ‘yellow’ alert, warning of a heat wave in most parts of Delhi on Friday and Saturday. An ‘orange’ alert was issued to warn people of a severe heat wave on Sunday.
How is water supplied in Delhi?
Haryana delivers 610 million gallons of water per day to Delhi through two channels — CLC, DSB and Yamuna. The CLC and DSB are supplied with water by Hathni Kund through the Munak Canal and the Bhakra Beas Management Board. In addition, Delhi receives 253 MGD from Uttar Pradesh through the Upper Ganges Canal, and 90 MGD comes from ranney wells and tube wells installed throughout the city.
Delhi Water Plant Capacity
Chandrawal and Wazirabad water treatment plants have a capacity of 90 MGD and 135 MGD, respectively. The two plants extract raw water from Wazirabad Pond, process it and supply it to North East Delhi, West Delhi, North Delhi, Central Delhi and South Delhi, including including Delhi Cantonment and New Delhi City Council areas.
Delhi’s Water Demand and Supply
Delhi needs around 1,200 MGD of water while the Delhi Jal Board provides around 950 MGD. The city government now aims to increase the water supply to 998 MGD to meet growing demand this summer and to 1,180 MGD by June 2023.