With the KRS reservoir full thanks to sustained rainfall, it seems like Bengaluru won’t face any water issues.
They’re full: Reservoirs in the Cauvery catchment areas are now reaching their brim level. In particular, the Krishna Raja Sagar (KSR) reservoir in Mandya district is almost full for the third consecutive year. So, Bengaluru residents won’t have to worry about any water shortages.
- Bengaluru is dependent on Cauvery water for its daily needs. On Sunday, the level at the reservoir was 123 feet. Its limit is 124.8 feet. Given there’s so much water, more than 27,000 cusecs of water are being let out as a precaution.
- 70% of the city’s water needs are met through the KRS reservoir. The KRS has filled up faster than last year. The Kabini reservoir is also being used, and it’s also reaching full capacity.
History: This wasn’t always the case. In 2003, there was a water crisis. The water level at the KRS reservoir was reduced to 64 feet, and inflow dropped to only 17 cusecs. There were water crises in 2016 and 2017 also. Since October 2021, water levels at the KRS have gone above 100 feet.
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