June 18, 2012 3:45:27 am
The water shortage could last another two weeks not before the monsoon hits the parched city,predictably by June 29 or a couple of days later.
The Met office was unsure whether the Southwest monsoon would keep its usual June-end date with the city,but it predicted pre-monsoon showers to bring some relief for the people reeling under temperatures between 42 and 44 degrees Celsius.
The monsoon has hit Kerala,but its too early to predict when it will reach Delhi. We may get some pre-monsoon showers. Delhi receives about 42 days or 667 mm of rainfall,on an average,during the monsoon months, R C Vashisth,Director of the citys Regional Meteorological Centre,said.
But to ease the current water crisis in the city,it must rain in the upper reaches of the Yamuna and other rivers from which the Capital draws its water. Until then,government officials said,the stalemate with Haryana would continue because the neighbouring state has also been suffering from scarcity,forcing it to reduce supply to Delhi.
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Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials said the supply cut from Haryana has stressed the citys already over-exploited groundwater sources. The DJB supplies 100 million gallons daily (MGD) of water drawn from its deep borewells most of them located on the Yamuna riverbed.
The rivers 22-km stretch along the city has mostly dried up over the past few weeks and any delay in the monsoon could further deplete groundwater sources,the officials said. We are waiting for the rains to replenish groundwater sources, DJB official B M Dhaul said.
The officials feared that the situation would go out of hand if the monsoon peaked late,like last year when it rained the most in September (225.8 mm) instead of the standard July-August. Moreover,there have been records of the monsoon arriving late July 26 in 1987,a year of severe drought.
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