Discharge from Mettur dam stepped up

The discharge of water from the Stanley Reservoir in Mettur was stepped up late Friday evening.

The discharge that stood at 6,800 cusecs (cubic feet per second) on Friday, was stepped up to 15,800 cusecs late Friday evening – 15,000 cuecs for the Cauvery basin and 800 cusecs for farm activities in the western districts of Salem, Erode and Namakkal under the East and West Canal system of the dam.

The Mettur Dam reached the full reservoir level (FRL) for the second time this season on August 11 and since then the dam continued to surplus and the entire inflow was released into River Cauvery.

This was the first time since then that the discharge has been stepped up, according to Public Works Department (PWD) sources.

The water level in the dam stood at 119.95 ft on Saturday, against the total level of 120 ft. The storage level stood at 93.391 tmc ft (thousand million cubic feet) against the dam’s total capacity of 93.47 tmc ft.

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