PANAJI: Even as temperatures in the state rise, the water levels in two of Goa’s largest reservoirs — Selaulim in South Goa and Anjunem in North Goa — stand at less than half. On Saturday, the Selaulim reservoir, which provides raw water for treatment and drinking water supply to most of South Goa recorded water levels of 48%.
The Anjunem dam, which helps meet drinking water requirements in Sattari and parts of Bicholim, saw its water level at 39%. Although these levels are sufficient to get the state through the summer, they are marginally lower than what was recorded during
the corresponding period in 2020.
The water level in Selaulim was around 60% in the second week of April 2020. At Anjunem, the water level stood at 41% during the corresponding period last year. The source of raw water for Bicholim and Bardez, however, are at higher levels. The level in the Tillari reservoir in Dodamarg, Maharashtra, was recorded at 61% on Saturday. Raw water from Tillari is pumped to the Assonora water treatment plant, which serves Bardez and parts of Bicholim. Water levels in the Amthane reservoir in
Bicholim stood at 91%.
However, supply of treated water to Bardez and Bicholim, despite sufficient raw water availability is often marred due to other factors like repairs required in the Tillari canals or water supply pipelines coming from Assonora.
The Chapoli reservoir, which meets the water requirement of Canacona taluka, is 60% full at present, which is more than sufficient, but lower than last year’s level of over 70% recorded during the corresponding period.