Water Watch: Water supply in Beed, Maharashtra [Jul 2019]

Last Modified: Fri Apr 24 2020 03:20:42 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2
    Major sources - Manjara Dam and Majalgaon Dam - that Beed district depends on for water. Both of these dams are at zero litres of their respective live capacities. Incidentally, the Old City area of Beed receives water supply from the Bindusara Dam which is 10km away from the city. The new area located on the outskirts of the city receives supply from backwaters of Majalgaon Dam which is at a distance of 80 km from the city. (Click/Tap here for water levels in dams in Marathwada region).
  • 80%
    Percentage of Beed’s estimated 22 lakh residents live in villages and have rainfall-dependent agriculture as their main source of livelihood.
  • 28 million litres
    Water needs of Beed city each day. But authorities are able to provide just 19-20 MLD of water. Officials acknowledged the city is now dependent on private water suppliers.
  • 50%
    Rainfall deficit in 2018, according to the India Meteorological Department. The district gets an annual average rainfall of 666.36 mm. It received around 334.70 mm rainfall during the 2018 monsoon. Insufficient rains have meant inadequate recharge of groundwater and other sources.
  • 300 - 500 ft
    Depth to which borewells in the city have to be reached in order to pump groundwater. Residents have to pump for around half-an-hour to get 10-12 litres of water from hand pumps.
  • 1 metre
    Average groundwater level depletion across 943 villages, according to the Ground Water Survey and Development Agency. All the 11 talukas in Beed district showed groundwater depletion by March-end according to the agency.
  • 949
    Number of tankers pressed into service to supply drinking water to 13.61 lakh residents in Beed district. Tehsil wise numbers: Ashti (170), tehsil limits of Beed (147), Georai (128) and Shirur (114). Includes 12 villages and 4 hamlets.
  • 50%
    Rise in the number of patients suffering from diarrhoea, gastritis etc. over the last 1.5 months, according to Dr Sandeep Deshmukh, a general physician at the Beed Civil Hospital.