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Demand rises for tanker water with reservoirs fast running dry

WITH parts of Maharashtra reeling under an intense heat wave, rural areas of the state are facing scarcity of drinking water and the demand for providing water through tankers is on the rise, official sources said.

"There is only 23 per cent of water stored in various tanks across the state and the situation is likely to worsen in the days to come," an official of the water supply department said on Sunday .

Tanker water is being supplied to nearly 1,077 villages and 84 communities at present," he said, adding that the demand for water to be supplied by tankers is on the rise this season.

'In the corresponding period last year, 641 tankers were engaged to supply water to the affected areas but this season the number of tankers has gone up to 857, the official said.

Like rural areas, water scarcity is also being felt in urban localities and officials have been directed to complete water supply schemes that could redress the problem, the official stated.

All district collectors have been directed to supply tanker water on demand. "Tanker water is being provided to 28 districts of the total 35 of the state. Collectors and divisional commissioners have been authorised to spend upto Rs 10 lakh and Rs 20 lakh respectively for giving a green signal to water supply schemes," he added.

The region-wise water stored across the state is as follows: Konkan - 26 per cent, Marathwada - 20 per cent, Magpur - 14 per cent, Amravati - 17 per cent, Nashik - 22 per cent, Pune - 25 per cent.

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