This bounty stands in stark contrast to the terrible scarcity that the city faces once in every few years, the most recent one was witnessed not so long ago in 2019 summer.
To check if the decades-old pipeline network in the city was equipped to carry a larger quantum of water without any major disruption, the water manager had increased the supply to more than 900 MLD on August 15. The trial continued and the supply was gradually stepped up to 950 MLD and then to 980 MLD. Finally, it crossed the 1,000 MLD mark on Sunday, said a senior Metro Water official.
The official added the supply will be more than 970 million litres every day at least up to January.
Of the 1,000.58 million litres supplied during the day, 929 million litres are supplied through pipeline. The remaining water was supplied through tanker lorries to industries and other bulk customers.
As per data from Metro Water, the five lakes that supply drinking water to the city jointly have 9,555 million cubic feet (mcft) of water on Sunday, which is more than double of the storage they had on the same day last year.
The actual requirement of the city is estimated to be around 1,000 to 1,100 MLD of water. When Chennai reeled under a severe drought two years ago, the supply was only around 400 MLD.
After the lakes’ storage improved substantially, the State government requested the Andhra Pradesh government to stop the supply of water from Krishna river.