ELVIDIO MIRANDA, PANAJI
IT has been reported that the water level in the Opa reservoir, which is a lifeline for Panaji, Taleigao, Ribandar and Bambolim as well as the entire Ponda taluka, has reached the level of 2.29m, as against the normal level of 2.45m. Considering the declining water level, it would be prudent to regulate water supply from the reservoir to the abovementioned areas. Instead of releasing water twice daily for two hours each in the morning and evening, the supply be reduced to two hours in the morning and one hour in the evening, which will bring about a reduction of about 25 per cent. If the pressure is low then water may be released to various areas in a staggered manner so as to maintain uniform pressure at any particular time. The reason behind this water shortage this year could be Goa receiving just about 100 inches of rainfall last year as against the average of 115 inches. There could be another reason: temperatures had relatively been higher, which may have pushed up evaporation losses. Moreover the wisdom on the move to lay a water pipeline under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission should be questioned since it is meant to provide 24×7 water to Panaji. If the source of water is inadequate, how can Panaji be supplied with water round-the-clock, and that too at the cost of the areas plagued by water scarcity? The PWD should immediately take corrective measures so that the Opa reservoir does not run dry before the onset of the monsoon.