Water cuts in Mumbai unlikely this year as weekend showers add 24 days’ water supply to lakes
Mumbai city news: The city needs 3,750 million litres of water every day and the water levels must reach around 14.36 lakh million litres to avoid water-cuts till July 2018.mumbai Updated: Jun 26, 2017 19:56 IST
Heavy rainfall in the city over the weekend has increased lake levels by 92.91 thousand million litres. This amount water is equal to what Mumbaiites use in 24 days. The water collected in lakes this year is the best among the last three years.
The lakes, which were at 17.63% of its capacity on Friday, have reached 24% of its total storage capacity as compared to 6.6% in 2016 and 22% in 2015 during the same period. Mumbai receives most of its monsoon rainfall during July and August.
The city needs 3,750 million litres of water every day and the water levels must reach around 14.36 lakh million litres to avoid water-cuts till July 2018.
On Monday, the total quantity of water in all the lakes was 3.48 lakh million litres, which is 25 lakh million litres more than what was recorded on June 26, 2017. Last year, the city faced major water crisis owing to inadequate rainfall and a 20% water-cut was imposed for close to a year.
A civic official from the hydraulic department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said, “The situation is definitely better than 2016. It is similar to 2015 when the city received good rainfall in just a couple of days to meet its water needs for an entire year. So far, there is no need to fear about water-cuts.
Bhatsa lake near Shahpur, which caters to 50% of Mumbai water needs for a year, has 1.23 lakh million litres of water, which is 97 thousand million litres more than the 2016 collection. It received 602mm rainfall since the onset of monsoon.
At 709mm, Tansa lake, which has collected 31 thousand million litres of water more than last year, received the maximum rainfall till date. Located at Atgaon, Tansa caters to about 10% of Mumbai’s water needs.