Incessant rain lashed the state, taking the water stock available in the dams and reservoirs up to 43%.
Meanwhile, Aurangabad — one of the worst-affected districts by drought — has become tanker-free. Until last month, 679 villages had no source and were getting drinking water through 946 tankers. Except Beed, all other districts in the Marathwada region — the most-affected by drought — have received more than average rainfall this month. This has led to a rise in the water stock of the region up to 10%, from zero, resulting in the reduction in the number of tankers supplying drinking water.
Most districts have received good rainfall in July. Only eight districts, including Beed have received less than the average rainfall, said a senior officer from relief and rehabilitation (R&R) department.
The other districts which received less than average rainfall are Nashik, Dhule, Nandurbar, Solapur, Kolhapur, Bhandara and Gondia.
The situation in Beed is yet to improve as the district has received 96.3% of the average rainfall until July 30, says the data compiled by the state agriculture department. As a result, 235 villages still have no source of water and are getting it through 344 tankers, highest among all the other districts that are receiving water through tankers, another official from R&R department told HT.
Despite good rain in Latur, which is among the worst-affected districts, the situation is yet to improve as the water source in 131 villages of the district are still dry, leaving the people completely dependable on water tankers (191) for their daily needs, the official said.
However, Parbhani and Jalna district in the Marathwada region are close to getting rid of the water tankers in the coming days with the number of water tankers coming down to 1 and 26 from 294 and 507 (until June 20) respectively.
According to R&R department, so far, a total of 13 districts have stopped using water tankers r because of good rainfall. Till June 20, around 28 out of 34 districts, excluding Mumbai and the suburbs were getting water through tankers. “In terms of rainfall, we are hoping the best for this year,” the official added.
Relief and rehabilitation minister Chandrakant Patil said the state is receiving good rainfall this year resulting in good sowing by the farmers.