Low reservoirs level due to cold weather, increased IRSA indent: Water and Power Development Authority

Lahore: Apropos news item appearing in a section of the Press, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has stated that no water can go missing between Tarbela and Chashma, however, water downstream of Tarbela, at times, could be reduced marginally due to earlier low outflows and dry river bed.

Today, availability of water in Tarbela and Mangla reservoirs is 0.037and 0.269 million acre feet (MAF) respectively which is lower than the average for last 10 years due to prevalence of snowfall and cold weather in the catchments areas, resulting in lower inflows.

It is pertinent to mention that water releases from Tarbela and Mangla reservoirs are always made in accordance with IRSA indent. This season, IRSA’s indent, remained higher than that of the last year, due to which water level plummeted so quickly.

Comparing with the average of 10 years and the last year, the outflows are increased by IRSA on demand of the provinces, meaning thereby low inflows and increased outflows have disturbed the accounted storage of water.

The situation is expected to improve as soon as weather conditions in the catchments of the reservoirs become normal.

It is important to note that dams are constructed, primarily, for irrigation purposes, and hydel electricity is always generated through the water released as per IRSA indent.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Abid Rana
Director Public Relations
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
G-32, WAPDA House, Lahore
Tel: +9242 9920 2633 and +9242 9920 2211 -2033 -2029
Cell: +92333 445 8293
Email: mabidrana@gmail.com

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