Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-09-27 11:16 KRS: Claims of state politicians on water levels in major reservoirs are not an exaggeration. The situation is indeed dire. Figure this: The water level in four reservoirs in the Cauvery basin is 29. 866TMC. Out of this, only 16TMC can be utilised as the rest will be accounted as dead storage. With the available water, the state can just about meet the drinking water requirement of Bengaluru and other parts of the state.The situation is so bad that it has already brought agricultural activities to a halt for the year.“Drinking water requirement is about two TMC every month. We hope we will be able to meet that requirement," said B Shivshankar, chief engineer, southern region, irrigation department.Of the total 29.866TMC in the state’s reservoirs, Kabini reservoir has 8.029 TMC, Krishnaraja Sagar 10.01TMC, Harangi 5.21TMC, and Hemavathy 6.33TMC. “The year 2016 has been the worst water year, but it is yet to be considered as a distress year. We should have released 134tmc of water, but only 60.91tmc of water has been released as our dams have 80percent less water," said irrigation department officials.Water level at KRS has depleted drastically with the dam receiving an inflow of 1185 cusecs and an outflow is 220 cusecs, which is being utilised for drinking purpose of Mysuru city.