A scorching heatwave has caused a water deficit in Delhi.

Officials in Delhi say Yamuna is drying up under the blazing sun and that Haryana is not responding to SOS calls . The Wazirabad pond level has dropped to 670.70 feet, the lowest level this year .

NEW DELHI: Officials in Delhi said on Saturday that the Yamuna is drying up under the blazing sun and that Haryana is not responding to SOS calls.The Wazirabad pond level has dropped to 670.70 feet, the lowest level this year.On Thursday, it was 671.80 feet.On July 11, the pond level dropped to 667 feet, prompting the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to request that the Supreme Court order Haryana to release more water in the Yamuna.

Even the flow via CLC (Carrier-Lined Channel) and DSB (Delhi Sub-Branch) is fluctuating... Due to the low pond level, the lifting of 120 cusec of water from the Wazirabad pond is delayed.This will negatively effect water supply.The water requirement is increasing as a result of the high tide in the summer, according to the SOS sent on Thursday.According to the DD-8river route, it is required to supply 150 cusec of fresh water to ensure that 120 cusec of raw water reaches the Wazirabad pond in this period of crisis, up to the start of the monsoon.

The Wazirabad, Chandrawal, and Okhla water treatment plants' production capacity has been reduced to 85 percent.According to a DJB official who spoke on condition of anonymity, it could drop to 75% on Sunday.We've tried water rationing, and we've been able to meet the demand so far.However, the situation could get worse if Haryana does not respond and release additional water in the canal, according to the official.

To meet the increasing demand, the Delhi government declared last month that it would supply about 1,000 million gallons of drinking water every day during the summer season, compared to 935 MGD earlier.It was announced that 1,198 water tankers would be deployed across the capital during the peak season (April-July) to keep water supplies in check.Haryana supplies 610 million gallons of water a day to Delhi via two canals-CLC and DSB-and the Yamuna.Water is supplied to the CLC and the DSB from the Munak canal and the Bhakra Beas Management Board from Hathni Kund.

The Chandrawal and Wazirabad water treatment plants have a 90-million-meter diameter and 135-m-tonne capacity.The two plants remove raw water from the Wazirabad pond, treat it, and supply to northeast Delhi, west Delhi, north Delhi, central Delhi, and south Delhi, including Delhi Cantonment, and the New Delhi Municipal Council areas.Delhi requires around 1,200 MGD of water, while the DJB provides around 950 MGD.By June 2023, the government expects to expand the water supply to 1,180 MGD.