Idukki dam | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Cheruthoni: Orange alert was sounded for Idukki reservoir as the water level touched 2381.53 feet on Friday night. The authorities informed that a red alert will be issued if the water level hit 2382.53 feet, which is one feet higher than the existing level.
KSEB cautioned that a red alert will have to be issued on Saturday if the draining of waters to the reservoir continues as on Friday. Though rains lessened in the catchment areas on the previous day, water draining to the reservoir intensified. The catchment areas received 157 millimetres of rain on Friday.
Water level was at 2376.82 feet on Thursday at 7 am. An increase of 4.72 feet of water level was recorded within a day. Currently, the reservoir holds 1101.67 cusecs of water, which is 75.48 per cent of the total capacity.
Every three hours, the reservoir receives 5.838 million cubic metres water from which 1.5201 million cubic metres of water is utilised for generating electricity.