Lahore: According to various reports, due to rains in the catchment areas and the provinces’ lean demand cycle lasting several days, the water level in the country’s major reservoirs – Tarbela and Mangla – has begun to rise.
According to the Water and Power Development Authority‘s daily water survey, the water level at Tarbela Dam was 1,419.50 feet early on Sunday, up from 1,406.02 feet on March 17. The dam’s lowest operating level and extreme conservation level, respectively, are 1,392 and 1,550 feet.
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Similarly, the water level in Mangla Dam was 1,129.90 feet on March 18, up from 1,104.5 feet the day before. At Mangla, the minimum operating level and maximum conservation level are 1,050 feet and 1,242 feet, respectively.
“There are two reasons behind the rise in water level in Tarbela and Mangla. The first is the rains and the second is the provinces’ lean demand period. More rains are expected in the northern areas this week,” according to Muhammad Khalid Rana, spokesman for the Indus River System Authority.
He added, “Lean demand means that the provinces, especially Sindh and Punjab, are in the least demand as the wheat crop is ready to be harvested, requiring no water. But the demand in Sindh will increase from now onwards due to the sowing of cotton followed by Punjab a little while later,”
Mr. Rana reported that Sindh and Punjab are currently receiving 40,000 and 35,000 cusecs of water, respectively. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa receives 2,200 cusecs, while Balochistan makes use of its share through the Katchi canal. “The actual demand of the provinces will rise from May 15,” he added.