Decision to open spillways of Rawal Dam as water level surges to red mark

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

31st Aug, 2020. 12:02 pm

The reservoir management of the Rawal dam has decided to open the spillways today after the water level at the dam has surged to the red mark.

According to the details,  “Around 6000 cusecs of water will be discharged from the lake,” according to the administration.

“Rawal Dam reservoir has a maximum capacity of 1752 feet water conservation, while present water level at the dam has been 1751.9 feet,” the dam management said.

“After the opening of the spillways the water level at Soan river will rise and water could overflow from the banks of the stream,” the dam administration said.

Soan River is an important stream of the Pothohar region in North Punjab and drains much of the water of the area.

Earlier a spokesperson of Karachi Water Board (KWSB) has said that the water level in Hub Dam has risen to 338 feet presently.

The spillway of the reservoir will be opened after the inflow of one foot more water in the dam.

The increasing water level in the dam will improve the water supply in the District West of Karachi, which receives water supply from the Hub reservoir.

Karachi gets 100-million gallon water daily from Hub Dam. Owing to the low water supply from the dam, many areas in the West and Central districts of Karachi face acute water shortage.

Hub Dam is a reservoir on the Hub River. It is situated 56 km from Karachi city in Karachi and Lasbela Districts on Sindh and Balochistan provinces border.

The dam is extended to 24300 acres with a gross storage capacity of 857000-acre feet. It is Pakistan’s third-largest dam.

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