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Total Water Availability in 91 Major Reservoirs Down to 26%

In southern region, there are 31 such reservoirs where water availability is 17 per cent or 8.63 BCM

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Water delivered by pipes or boreholes that protect it from feces — putting birthing mothers and newborns in particular danger, new data showed. Wikimedia

Total water availability in 91 major reservoirs in the country has reduced to 26 per cent of their actual storage capacity, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday.

The total live storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs that are monitored by Central Water Commission is 161.99 BCM (billion cubic metre) and the water availability as on April 25 is 42.53 BCM or 26 per cent, it said.

However, the situation is better this year, Ministry said, as the storage was 37.31 BCM during the corresponding period last year.

The average of last 10 years live storage is 41.074 BCM.

The total live storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.99 BCM which is about 63 per cent of the live storage capacity of 257.812 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country.

Globally, close to four billion people live in water-scarce areas, where, for at least part of the year, demand exceeds supply, said the report by non-profit organisation WaterAid. Pixabay

In northern region, there are six CWC-monitored reservoirs and water availability on April 25 was 51 per cent or 9.17 BCM at present.

Such 15 reservoirs in the eastern region has the total live storage of 35 per cent or 6.56 BCM.

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In western region, total water availability in 27 reservoirs is 18 per cent or 5.67 BCM while in central region it is 30 per cent or 12.51 per cent in 12 reservoirs.

In southern region, there are 31 such reservoirs where water availability is 17 per cent or 8.63 BCM. (IANS)

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Bengal to launch 200 water ATMs

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Kolkata: As many as 200 ‘water ATMs’ or water vending machines will be set up across the city and its suburbs starting this Durga puja, a minister said on Friday.

Panchayat and Public Health Engineering Department Minister Subrata Mukherjee on Thursday evening launched the city’s first drinking water ATM at the Ekdalia Evergreen Club pandal.

“Now we will launch 200 such ATMs across Kolkata and its surrounding areas. Later on, we will take it across the state,” Mukherjee told IANS.

A litre of portable water has been priced at Rs 2 which will enable all sections of society to access clean drinking water by inserting coins. The initiative is part of the state’s ‘Pran Dhara’ packaged drinking water project.

(IANS)