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20 per cent water cut from Saturday

india Updated: Jun 19, 2009 00:44 IST
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Here’s more reason to use water sparingly.

Come Saturday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will impose a 20 per cent water cut in the city.

Already, the city’s water supply is down by 10 per cent since a fortnight.

Alarmed by the dipping water levels in lakes that supply water to the city, the civic corporation has decided to scrimp further on water supply till the first week of July.

Mumbai receives its daily water supply of 3,300 million litres per day from six lakes — Tansa, Vaitarna, Vihar, Tulsi, Upper Vaitarna and Bhatsa.

The cuts have been increased after reviewing water levels in all six lakes that supply water to the city.

Currently, lake levels are a little over or almost close to the lowest drawable level.

While civic officials said that currently there is enough water in the lakes to last till the end of June, they cannot take the risk of utilising it entirely.

However, if the dry spell continues for a long time, it can be a cause for worry.

“Due to the delay in the rains, the water level in the lakes is dipping. Hence, further cuts have been imposed,” said Santosh Korlekar, chief engineer of the BMC’s Water Department.

“We will review the lake levels again on July 1 before deciding on anything further,” Korlekar said. “Everything depends on the arrival of the rains.”

The water cuts will continue till the minimum water level in the lake goes up.

The last time the city faced a severe water shortage was in 1992.