Water Resources Minister M B Patil on Monday said that there is just enough water in the reservoirs to meet the drinking water needs of the people till June 15 as the state is reeling under severe drought.
Addressing media persons after a review of the water storage position in the state’s reservoirs, the minister appealed to farmers to voluntarily stop using irrigation pump sets as ‘going by the current reservoir levels, the state cannot afford water for the second crop.’ Patil also appealed to the people to use water judiciously.
“With optimum utilisation, judicious use of water, and proper planning and coordination, the Water Resources Department will ensure that a drinking water crisis does not arise. Despite the drought, the third consecutive one, our priority is to ensure that drinking water supply to cities, multi-village schemes and towns from our dams is not affected,” the minister added.
Pointing out that he had requested Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to make an appeal to farmers not to use their pump sets in such a crucial period, Patil said his department will coordinate with various government departments concerned and district administrations to ensure there is efficient use of available water.