Taxila: The Khanpur Dam management recently opened the facility’s spillways for the second time in one week in order to create room for fresh water inflows, according to a news report. According to officials, the dam’s water level had reached the ‘danger’ zone – causing the body to consider this course.
Previously, heavy rains in catchment areas such as Murree, Ayubia, and hilly areas in Upper Hazara resulted in the accumulation of excessive amounts of water in the dam. Resultantly, the reservoir’s water level touched 1,981.85 feet, whereas the maximum water conservation capacity of the dam is 1,982 feet.
Dam officials had first opened the spillways on March 12, and released about 6,000 cusecs of water. On Wednesday, they opened these spillways for the second time to bring the water level down to 1,980 feet.
According to the administration, this measure will prevent an emergency situation in the surrounding areas, prevent infrastructural damage to the dam, and protect populated areas situated on the banks of the Haro River.
Moreover, officials of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) revealed that the water inflow levels were recorded to be 1,216.24 cusecs, and the total outflow from the main canal for municipal and agricultural purposes stood at 135.18 cusecs.