A viral photograph of the dried upstream of Mawphlang dam near Wahniangleng

Meghalaya chief engineer of public health engineering (PHE) department, BM Lyndem on May 2 informed that due to the ongoing dry weather conditions and various factors, the water level at the Mawphlang Dam, the main source of drinking water supply to the residents of Shillong, has decreased notably.

However, despite this decrease, the storage capacity of the dam still allows for water distribution for another three/four months under the prevailing circumstances, she said in a statement.

In light of this situation, the official requested the citizens to use water judiciously and adopt water-saving practices wherever possible.

“Conserving water is not just a necessity but a responsibility towards ensuring sustainable water supply for the community,” she asserted.

Mawphlang Dam is a vital part of the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme. It harnesses the Umiew River’s flow, generating power through its run-of-river setup. The dam ensures a reliable water supply for Shillong, addressing the water needs of the growing community.

Rainfall forecast

The Met department has said that isolated heavy rains are possible over Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura in the next few days.

A cyclonic circulation lies over northeast Bangladesh and a trough runs from Bihar to Manipur across the cyclonic circulation over northeast Bangladesh in lower tropospheric levels. Another cyclonic circulation lies over northeast Assam in lower tropospheric levels. Under their influence, considerable rainfall, thunderstorms and lightning are possible over Northeast India during the next 2-3 days, a report said.

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