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Water crisis threat looms large, as level at Sitarampur dam plummets

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Jamshedpur, April 10 : With mercury rising up every passing day, the residents of several areas of the city and adjoining areas have started facing water shortage. The water shortage problem is so severe that if temperature soars further several areas might not receive water at all.

According to the information, the water problem is more severe in the areas located at the tail-end of water supply system and on the city outskirts.

The impact of summer has hit early this year. The ground water level at various places has gone down considerably due to the mushrooming high-rises. Moreover, due to the rising temperature the water level of two important rivers Swarnarekha and Kharkai has decreased substantially.

The water level at the Sitarampur dam along Kharkai River has gone down considerably posing threat of acute water crisis in Adityapur and the adjoining areas.

Water level at the middle of the dam has touched to 10 feet, posing a situation under which the water supply to the Sitarampur-based water filtration plant to go for just another two weeks.

The water level of the dam, spread over an area of 125 acres is 22 feet and the existing water at the reservoir cannot be increased due to paucity of water in the Kharkai. As a result of the situation, drinking water supply is certain to hit the densely-populated Adityapur and Gamharia township and also to sprawling Adityapur industrial area this summer.

Executive engineer, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitataion (DDW&S), Seraikela, Nazer-e-Imam confirmed about the imminent drinking water crisis in Adityapur, Gamharia and in the Adityapur industrial estate due to the dwindling water level at the Sitarampur dam.

“We are concerned over the situation. The water level at the Sitarampur dam has gone down considerably. The district administration of Seraikela-Kharsawan has convened a meeting tomorrow so as to find out a way out,” said Imam.

Imam said as of today they would supply drinking water to the households twice a day, but in view of the exhausted water level at the Sitarampur, they may curtail the water supply to the household soon so that the drinking water may be supplied for some more days.

” At present we lift five million gallon per day from the Sitarampur dam for supplying to the household as well as the industrial area, but will have to snap the supply considerably so that the consumer may get water for few more days,” said the executive engineer.

“The scarcity of water was there even in the last year but this year the situation has gone further grim and soon we would be left with no option but to ferry the water from nearest possible source we could,” said the official.

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