After 34 years, Karnataka releases 176 tmcft of Kabini dam water to Tamil Nadu

For the first time in 34 years, the Kabini reservoir has fetched 176.28 tmc ft of water for Tamil Nadu | EPS MYSURU: For the first time in 34 years, the Kabini reservoir has fetched 176.28 tmc ft of water for Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka has so far released 330 tmc ft to the neighbouring state, including 176 tmc ft from Kabini and 163 tmc ft from the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir, marking an increase of about three times the quantity given over the last few years.
Last year, the state released less than 140 tmc ft to Tamil Nadu from both the reservoirs combined.
The discharge used to be over 200 tmc ft in the early 1980s from Kabini, according to sources.
On the other hand, the discharge from KRS during this year was 1.31 lakh cusecs for more than a week due to heavy downpour in Kodagu district.
Tamil Nadu, which is entitled to 404.25 tmc of Cauvery water, including the underground water table, has so far received 330 tmc of water from Karnataka.
No water scarcity There will no water scarcity in Bengaluru, Mysuru and other towns, sources in the irrigation department said.
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Cauvery and Kabini river water fit to drink;says study

Cauvery and Kabini river water fit to drink;says study.
Prime News, Karnataka, Mysuru, July 5: – The water from the Cauvery and Kabini rivers is fit to drink, declares various government agencies which studied the water for different parameters.
The two major rivers in Mysuru district which supply water to Mysuru and Bengaluru got thumbs up from the agencies which conducted a study to access the quality of water for drinking purpose.
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) in association with Central Pollution Control Boards studied the two river water on April and May 2017.
According to KSPCB the water samples Of19 Rivers tested across the state.
The water samples were analysed for 28 parameters, which include 9 core parameters, 19 Physico-chemical and bacteriological parameters along with field observations.
Eight trace metals and 15 pesticides analysed once in a year to check the water quality.
The report brings many cheers to the people who depend on Cauvery and Kabana river water for drinking and other purposes.
-(NAV, Inputs; Agencies)

Cauvery water to be available for Bengaluru until June 15

Cauvery water to be available for Bengaluru until June 15.
BENGALURU: Allaying fears of drinking water scarcity in the backdrop of drought, Karnataka water resources minister MB Patil said on Monday that the city had enough Cauvery water to meet drinking water needs until June 15.
Krishna Raja Sagar (4.438 tmc) and Kabini (0.295 tmc), the main sources of drinking water for Bengaluru, have a live storage of 4.7 tmc of water.
The city needs about 4.14 tmc of water to meet drinking water needs for the next 60 days.
"With this storage, we can provide drinking water for Bengaluru until June 15.
We hope the pre-monsoon showers in May and arrival of monsoon in early June would help us tide over the crisis," Patil said, speaking to reporters after a meeting with officials of Water Resources department and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB).
The presently available water in KRS, Kabini, Harangi, Hemavathi, Almatti, Narayanapura, Hidkal, Hipparagi, Tungabhadra and Malaprabha reservoirs would be drawn only for drinking water purposes, Patil said, and appealed to farmers to co-operate with the district administration in this regard as water would not be released for agriculture.
Elaborating on meeting the water needs of Bengaluru, the minister said, “BWSSB needs daily discharge of 600 cusecs from the reservoirs.
However, taking into account the transit losses, evaporation and syphoning of water en-route, water resources department has assured daily discharge of 800 cusecs.
This will enable us to meet the drinking water needs of Bengaluru until June 15 with present storage”.