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Pumping of water from Osmansagar begins

In view of the depleting levels, the Water Board installed a pump at Osmansagar reservoir on Sunday. The 50 hp pump was commissioned last night as the water level fell to 1771.5 feet. Water can be drawn through pumping till the level goes down to 1765 feet.

The Board is in the process of acquiring three more pumps of 50 hp capacity to be kept as standby. Consequently the drawl from Osmansagar fell to 14 mgd as against 23 mgd. “As of now there is no need for pumping at Himayatsagar. We can continue without pumping for another month”, said D. Sunder Ram Reddy, in-charge Director (Technical), HMWSSB.

He said as a result of short supply from Osmansagar, needs of the areas served by it is being met by Krishna water. A quantum of 9 mgd is being diverted from Krishna drinking water project.

Meanwhile, authorities are keeping a close watch on the quality of drinking water in Osmansagar. So far the quality is okay and there is no cause for worry, officials said.
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Pipelines at Nagole metro rail depot set to be shifted

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) will start shifting water pipelines at the Nagole metro rail depot soon. The Water Board has completed the tender process recently and the work to shift the lines will commence in a day or two.

This is the first major work being taken up by the Water Board on the 27.51km metro corridor-III between Nagole and Shilparamam. L&T Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (L&THMRL) has started construction of piers between Nagole and Mettuguda in the first phase.

According to the Water Board officials, the distribution network pertaining to ring main-I of the Krishna drinking water supply project phase-I was located near the depot. "We will invite tenders in a phased manner for shifting both water and sewer lines. In the first phase, we had invited tenders for shifting pipelines near the Nagole depot and finalised them recently. The Board will spend Rs 75 lakh and the work will start in a couple of days," HMWS&SB director-technical (In-charge) D Sundar Rami Reddy said.

During the shifting period, residents of Uppal, Nagole, Habsiguda, Tarnaka and Lalaguda might face water problems for three weeks. In the interim, the Water Board would make alternative arrangements, including sending water tankers to the areas likely to be affected, the official said.

The HMRL authorities had submitted sketches pertaining to the metro rail.

"We found that water pipelines near National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) and a multi-national company (MNC) near Habsiguda would be affected. It is a tough task as the major pipeline of the Krishna project has to be shifted," the official added.

After careful examination and joint inspection, the Water Board has suggested to the HMRL authorities to change the alignment of the metro rail, if possible, near NGRI.
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Secunderabad Cantonment Board fixes meters to measure supplies by Water Board
HYDERABAD: The Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) on Wednesday fixed water meters to its pump houses to check the quantity of water being supplied by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB). The Water Board claims it has been supplying 3.80 million gallons a day (MGD) of water to the SCB.

"So far, we did not have any device to gauge the quantity of water supplied. The SCB has been supplying water to Cantonment area through five pump houses - Mahendra Hills, Gunrock, Hasmathpet, Railway Colony, Balamrai. Now, we will measure quantity of water being supplied to these pump houses," SCB superintendent, water works, M Raj Kumar told TOI.

On Wednesday, the SCB purchased Rs 16 lakh worth water meters and fixed them at the five pump houses. "With this, we will know the quantity of water supplied by the Water Board in the form of an SMS. The same alert will also be sent to the HMWS&SB officials. We will also maintain water meter readings daily," the official said.
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The situation is the result of deficit rainfall during the current year

Groundwater table continues to fall in the city setting alarm bells ringing. Piezometers installed at different locations show a steep fall in water levels.

The average depth to ground water level recorded during April ranges from 4 metres to 26.20 metres. The lowest average water level is recorded in the piezometer at Quli Qutb Shah Government Polytechnic, Bahadurpura and the deepest at the granite formation in Institute of Electronic, Marredpally.

The range of depth to water level is 0-5 metre in Bahadurpura Mandal, 5-10 metre in Asifnagar, Musheerabad, Himayatnagar, Khairatabad, Saidabad and Shaikpet Mandals, 10-20 metre in Ameerpet, Bandlaguda, Charminar and Nampally Mandals and more than 20 metre in Marredpally.


The situation is the result of deficit rainfall (-27 %) during the current water year. As against the normal rainfall of 811.60 mm, Hyderabad district received 594.8 mm in 2011-12. However, experts feel it is not just deficit rainfall which led to fall in water levels. Concretisation was also a major factor in causing run off. As a result there was less percolation of rain water, say officials at the Ground Water Department.

The ground water scenario in Ranga Reddy district is no better. The water level depth recorded in April range from 5.0 metre to 24.48 metre below ground level. The shallowest water level is recorded in the piezometer at Shahmirpet village and the deepest level in the piezometer at Pargi Mandal.


In fact the network of 37 piezometers set up in various locations give a clear hint of effect of drought in Ranga Reddy district, officials say.

The Ground Water Department has strongly recommended construction of rooftop rainwater harvesting structures and maintenance of existing structures by way of removal of top sand layer during pre-monsoon so that the recharge to ground water will be more once monsoon sets in.

The Water Board has launched a campaign to persuade people to take up rainwater harvesting structures in their premises. There is a good response from residents to camps held in Nizampet, Kukatapply and Dattatreya colony.

As on today, the Board has a total of 24,646 applications from households for the rainwater harvesting structures. The maximum applications of 8355 are from Division X, 3253 from Division VI and 3151 from Division IX. “We will try to complete the rainwater harvesting structures at the earliest,” says J. Satyanarayana, Assistant Director, Ground Water.
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This project along with the Godavari water project will hopefully solve the city's water problem.
Funds okayed for Krishna Scheme-3
HYDERABAD: Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday approved the Hyderabad Metrpolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board’s proposal for a HUDCO loan of Rs 1,670 crore for taking up the Krishna Phase III Project to meet the water needs of the GHMC area.The chief minister took the decision at a review meeting held at the Secretariat with ministers and senior officials.He asked the Board to complete the Krishna Phase-III project at any cost by December 2013.
The phase-III will help in drawing 90 mgd of water per day from Akkampally reservoir. Already city is drawing 180 MGD of water from Krishna Phase I and II.
As of now, the city is experiencing a shortfall of over 100 MGD of water. The situation is worse on the city outskirts where water is supplied once in four days or twice a week.
The officials told the chief minister that reliability of existing sources is diminishing year by year.The Osmansagar and Himayatsagar sources are drying up regularly and dwindling inflows to Singur and Manjeera sources thus creating problems on its dependability.The total installed capacity of existing sources is about 340 mgd. Based on the source dependability analysis, the available net quantity of water would be in the order of 271.50 mgd.The officials told the chief minister that there was an immediate need to augment water supply from Krishna Phase-III to meet the immediate deficit.Responding to the proposal, Kiran Kumar Reddy immediately approved the proposal of HUDCO loan of Rs 1,670 crore towards the project.The main components of the project are construction of water treatment plant (WTP) of 90 mgd capacity, construction of clear water reservoirs, balancing reservoirs of 117 ML capacity to facilitate intermediate pumping, construction of pump houses and erection of pumping equipment, laying of clear water transmission mains of 113.5 km length, laying of distribution trunk mains of 62 km length.
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Housing and Urban Development Corporation prefers land as collateral, not sewerage treatment plants

HYDERABAD: With the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (Hudco) refusing to accept assets such as sewerage treatment plants (STPs) and reservoirs as collateral, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) is making efforts to identify open land for the Rs 1,000 crore loan for the Godavari drinking water supply project ( Maulana Abul Kalam Srujala Sravanthi).

Hudco agreed to sanction the loan when the Water Board approached it last year but wanted open land as collateral.

"In a letter to the municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department, the Hudco said it prefers open land as collateral to infrastructural assets like STPs and reservoirs," a senior Water Board official told TOI.

The Water Board has short-listed 500 acres of open land located in the vicinity of STPs and reservoirs in the city. The land has been identified at five areas -- Sahebnagar, Gungal, Hydernagar, Peddapur and Singaapur -- in and around the city.

The Water Board has already submitted a detailed project report (DPR) of the Krishna phase-III to the government and it may launch it shortly. In fact, Hudco, in principle, agreed to give a loan of Rs 1,600 crore for the Krishna phase-III. "Though the Krishna water project is also important for us, we are giving priority to complete the Godavari drinking water project and aim to commission it by 2013," the official added.
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Hudco wants land as collateral

The Housing and Urban Development Corporation (Hudco) has refused to accept sewerage treatment plants (STPs) and reservoirs as collateral instead it wants land as collateral.

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) is trying to get open land for the Rs 1,000 crore loan for the Godavari drinking water supply project.

A senior Water Board official told TOI, in a letter to the municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department, the Hudco said it prefers open land as collateral.

The Water Board has short-listed 500 acres of open land located in five areas – Sahebnagar, Gungal, Hydernagar, Peddapur and Singaapur – in and around the city.

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The Water Supply Board is spending thousands of crores of rupees to bring additional water to Hyderabad from the phase-I of Godavari and the phase-III of the Krishna project. Despite this, it has failed to put in place an effective mechanism to check the huge quantities of water that is going unaccounted for.

Officials admit that over 160 million gallons of the total 340 million gallons of water supplied every day is going unaccounted. This means, nearly 50 per cent of the total daily supplies are not giving a single penny to the Water Board, which is spending Rs 3,375 crore to execute the Godavari phase-I and another Rs 1,700 crore on getting water from the Krishna phase-III.

The Water Board supplies 340 MGD daily in the city, but collects bills for only 180 MGD water. As per the revised tariff slabs, the Board should get over Rs 80 crore in monthly bill collections for 342 MGD water supplied per day in the city. However, it is getting Rs 50- 52 crore per month. The unaccounted for water is due to leakages and wastage resulting from old pipelines, the illegal tapping of water from the main pipelines, the lack of monitoring of public stand posts (public taps), meterless and illegal water connections, besides supplies to religious and charitable institutions like temples and mosques.

There are only 1.20 lakh connections in the city which have meters, and bills are issued based on the water supplied to these connections. For the remaining connections (non-metered), it is a minimum bill of less than Rs 220 per month, even though they consume water three times more than the minimum monthly bill. The total water connections in the city is 7.50 lakh connections. Water Board in-charge director (technical) Sundar Ram Reddy admitted that over 40 per cent of the total water supplied daily was going unaccounted, but hastened to say that every step was being taken to check this wastage.

“We are taking measures such as installation of meters to all the connections individual, institutional, public stand posts and other consumers so that there is an account of water being supplied to each connection,” he stated. Mr Reddy explained: “Our priority is to measure the water and subsequently concentrate on billing.”
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Hyderabad, June 26 -- Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board today said that water is being supplied normally in the twin cites and to meet the requirement of citizens in areas of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation 340 to 345 million gallon is being supplied on daily basis.
Refuting the report from a section of media, regarding water shortage, water board officials told that a total of 340.34 MGD water is being supplied in the twin cities from Osman Sagar, Himayath Sagar, Manjeera, Phase I II III & IV and Krishna Phase I & II.
They claimed that there is no shortage of water. Published by HT Syndication with permission from Siasat Daily. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at [email protected]
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Joint ventures to woo contractors

With few contractors coming forward to take up the rural water supply and sanitation works on tender basis, the state government has mooted selective joint ventures. The government plans to take up about works worth about Rs 2,000 crore per annum for next one decade and going by the present pace of works and the lukewarm response from contractors, the goal cannot be achieved.

On a trial basis, the panchayat raj and rural development department (RWS-1) has mooted joint ventures and the same has been approved by the government in modification of present tender system. The special officer and engineer-in-chief, RWS & S department, Hyderabad has stated that for there were a limited number of agencies for the works since several years and the number of contractors diminishing day by day. On the other hand, the quantum of work was growing multi-fold even as the financial capabilities of the existing agencies remain limited.

Besides, some projects have been delayed due to clearance from railways, R and D, forest, irrigation and other departments. He said that there was a need for favourable tenders in order to save on the budget and time in extending the much-needed service delivery in rural areas.

The official also informed the government that due to present tender conditions, new agencies were unable to participate in RWS&S works. “The work load is also going to be increased substantially during 2012-13 and there is need of grounding projects worth about Rs 2,000 crore per annum for the next ten years, saturating coverage in rural areas. The joint ventures would help the department to attract more number of agencies, leading to healthy competition,” said panchayat raj and rural development department secretary Vikas Raj.
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Tunnel work puts flyover at risk

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has written to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board to stop its tunneling work below the Basheerbagh flyover, fearing that there could be a repeat of the collapse that occurred five years ago when a portion of the Panjagutta flyover that was under construction caved in.

Basheerbagh is one of the most traffic-dense bridges in the city. Raising safety concerns, GHMC authorities have pointed out to the HMWS&SB and the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority that the trenchless tunneling work under progress to lay the trunk main sewers was very close to the pillars of the Basheerbagh flyover. “Unless the foundations of the flyover and stability of the pillars are checked, tunneling work should not be taken up. The HMDA has constructed the flyover and it has details about its foundations and piers. We have written to the HMDA also to verify the foundation,” GHMC engineer-in-chief R. Dhan Singh said.

The Water Board has been digging to a depth of between 4m and 7m to lay the huge trunk main sewers, a project that has been going on for the last several years. The drainage pipes are being laid from Kacheguda, Nimboli Adda up to Basheerbagh and Liberty. The HMWS&SB officials, however, claimed that due care has been taken to ensure that the foundations of the Basheerbagh flyover were not affected by the trenchless tunneling work.
This work has been going on since the last 3 years :bash: I think they are using only 1 tunnel boring machine for the entire stretch which is atleast 6 Km long.
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Forest land cleared for drinking water project

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) has overcome the first hurdle towards acquiring forest land for the proposed Godavari drinking water supply project (Maulana Abul Kalam Hyderabad Srujala Sravanthi Scheme).

A stretch under the supervision of roads and buildings (R&B) department in Karimnagar district's Ramagundam would now be utilised for the laying of a pipeline for the proposed project.

The Water Board wants 300 acres of forest land spread over Karimnagar, Medak and Rangareddy districts.

"For laying of the pipeline, we have identified a nine-km stretch of road laid five decades ago by R&B department to link Anthargaon and Basanthnagar, two hamlets in Ramagundam area. The road fell into disuse as the R&B department opened an alternative route," a top HMWS&SB official told TOI.

Before obtaining clearance, Water Board officials held discussions with their counterparts from forest and R&B departments. Subsequently, they jointly inspected the stretch on July 3.

Finally, R&B department officials in Karimnagar came forward to allot the stretch to Water Board with the consent of the forest department, the official added.

"This is a major achievement as we have received clearance for forest land in Karimnagar. Once R&B hands over the land, the digging would start. We have paid Rs 6.60 lakh to R&B as compensation for the road. We will lay a new road after the pipeline is in place," the official said.

Efforts are on to acquire forest land in Medak and Rangareddy districts as well, the official revealed.
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Secunderabad Cantonment Board to promote rainwater harvesting

HYDERABAD: The Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) will follow in the footsteps of Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) and construct rainwater harvesting (RWH) structures in its jurisdiction. Though the RWH structures should have been in place before the arrival of monsoon, the SCB officials claim it is never too late to start a good initiative.

"We have experienced severe water crisis this summer. The HMWS&SB could not supply the assured quantity of water to us. Adding to the problem, groundwater in the Cantonment area also got depleted. Of 200 borewells in the Cantonment area, 150 have dried up completely," an SCB water works official told TOI.

"In view of the recent experience, we felt the need for construction of rainwater harvesting structures. Initially, we will educate and encourage citizens to construct RWH structures by distributing pamphlets containing information on how to build them," the official added.

Initially, the SCB would spread awareness about the concept in 100 residential colonies in Mahendra Hills, Trimulgherry, Bowenpally, Bolarum and Marredpally. "We will give technical assistance to construct RWHs. The residential association has to bear all the expenditure for construction of RHW on their premises," added.

A proposal would also be moved to make RWH structures mandatory either at the time of new water connection or sanctioning building plan. The proposal would be tabled before the next Cantonment Board meeting to be held shortly, the official said.
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Poor rainfall, shrinking lakes, depleting water levels in reservoirs and drawing of excess water through borewells have had an impact on the groundwater levels in different areas of the city.

Poor rainfall, shrinking lakes, depleting water levels in reservoirs and drawing of excess water through borewells have had an impact on the groundwater levels in different areas of the city.

A study of hydrographs indicates that over the years, water table has depleted in many places like Bowenpally, Aghapura, Erragadda, Basheerbagh, Langer Houz, Jubilee Hills, Begumpet, Koti, West Marredpally, Gudimalkapur, Musheerabad, Sanathnagar, Madhapur, said Dr. P.D. Sridevi, Principal Investigator of National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) on Friday.

Addressing a workshop on “Ground water in Hyderabad: Issues of Access and Regulation”, she said that the ground water being exploited through borewells from depths ranging up to 300 metres so much so that in the pre-monsoon, water level was plummeting between five metres to 20 metres Below Ground Level (BGL).

There was slight improvement post-monsoon with the BGL being two to 15 metres. Hyderabad and its surrounding areas like Shamshabad, Shamirpet, Medchal and Keesara were under the “Over Exploited” category as per the A.P. Ground Water Department’s 2010 report, she informed.

Metals like cadmium, nickel etc have also been detected beyond permissible levels in the ground water of Katedan, Nacharam, Jeedimetla and Patancheru industrial areas. The workshop was organised by Joint Action for Water (JAW), Chethana Society and other civic societies.

BJP Floor leader G. Kishen Reddy, who was the chief guest, said construction of rain harvesting pits, should be made conditional before building plans are approved. HMWSSB’s General Manager (Quality Assurance & Testing) K.S. Narsappa, said water supply was adequate till September. There was a heavy demand for tankers this season as a majority of borewells had gone dry.

Dr. D. Narasimha Reddy of Chethana Society requested the proposed Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority’s master draft plan for core city be put on hold. “The proposed plan does not have any provision for addressing drinking water issues. There is a drinking water shortage in the city already and it would worsen the situation further if HMDA was expanded,” said Mr. Reddy. A. Sridevi of JAW and others also spoke during the workshop.
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HYDERABAD: As the holy Ramazan month is fast approaching, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) is gearing up for an uninterrupted water supply to the mosques spread all over the twin cities.

With 40% of Muslim population in the city set to observe the holy month which commences on July 20, HMWS&SB is leaving no stone unturned to provide hassle-free water supply.

"We have decided to provide adequate water supply to around 5,000 mosques located in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Mecca Masjid and Idd Gha through mobile tankers in addition to the regular piped water supply," HMWS&SB director-technical, D Sundar Rami Reddy told TOI.

In addition to the existing tanker trips the water board will lay more emphasis on the localities in the old city. The board also will adjust the water supply timings and would release water during non-fasting hours i.e between 7 pm and 4.30 am in the old city area.

A water tanker will be separately arranged for making regular trips to Mecca Masjid. The tanker will fill the masjid sump during the entire Ramzan month. Moreover, the technical staff of the board will check water samples at all resorvoirs and distribution points to prevent contamination.

The staff will attend supply leakages and drainage overflows in the surrounding areasof Mecca Masjid during the holy month. Top priority would be accorded to attend complaints on leakages and drainage overflows, the official added.

The board will also attend desilting of sewers near the Mosques. Damaged manhole covers near the mosques will be replaced.
Water camps will be opened at Idd Gha to supply water sachets to the public.
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