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Lake levels up, no rise in water cuts

india Updated: Sep 05, 2009 01:40 IST
Bhavika Jain

Water levels in the city lakes are rising. According to civic officials there is a rise of 25,000 million litres of water everyday, even after the daily quota of 3,400 million litres is supplied to the city.

As a result, all six lakes in the city are filled to 70 per cent capacity.

“There has been a steady rise in the water levels. We are optimistic as there is still a full month of the monsoon season remaining,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Anil Diggikar.

There is a total of 8.2 lakh million litres of water stocks in all the lakes, sufficient to keep the city going for 250 days. Last year, water stocks in the lakes were at 11.9 lakh million litres.

Mumbai receives its daily water supply of 3,400 million litres daily (MLD) from six lakes — Tansa, Modak Sagar, Vihar, Tulsi, Upper Vaitarna and Bhatsa.

Along with the rising water levels, 15 cloud-seeding experiments are also being conducted over all the catchments by Agni Aviation an Andhra Pradesh-based company.

The BMC now plans to install rain gauges over the catchments to determine the amount of rainfall generated due to the cloud seeding experiments.

The increase in the water levels also eases the pressure on the civic body to implement severe water cuts in the city in order conserve water for the rest of the year.

“The water cuts may not increase if it continues to rain like this, but the 15 per cent water cuts will continue at least for a month,” said a civic official.

The city requires about 13 lakh million litres to sustain for a year.