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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, September 01, 2012
After much fret over water shortage in the last couple of months, Mumbaiites can heave a sigh of relief as water woes that have plagued the city so far may subside very soon. With the monsoon finally picking up in the city, albeit late, it has translated into a consistent increase in the available water stock, taking it to 80% of what is required at the end of monsoon.

The deficit has reduced by 1 lakh million litres in the last two days. With another month of monsoon to go, the civic body needs 2.5 lakh million litres of water to last till the next monsoon. The current water stock as on Friday stands at 10,11,370 million litres which can last for around ten months.

Tansa Lake, which supplies 11% of water to the city, is nearing the overflow mark with a shortfall of only 0.48 metres.

“Water stock has crossed the 10 lakh million litres mark but it needs to rain persistently for at least the next 10-15 days for the situation to become completely stable” said Ramesh Bhambale, chief hydraulic engineer, BMC.

Island city witnesses season’s wettest spell

The island city received heavy rainfall on Thursday night, making it the year’s wettest 24-hour period. Colaba recorded 112.6mm of rainfall and Santacruz recorded 11.2mm of rainfall between 8.30am on Thursday and 8.30 am on Friday. On Friday, the city received 3.46mm of rainfall.