The 20% water cut, which meant reduction in the time for which water is supplied to your household, will stay for the rest of the year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) decided on Thursday.
While the city’s current water stock (11,45,001 million litres) is expected to last 243 days, the civic body needs water for 304 days until the next monsoon. The BMC wanted to increase the water cut to 30%, but shelved the plan after last week’s rain.
Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner, said, “We are monitoring the situation closely. As of now, we will continue with the 15% quantity cut [the amount of water saved by the 20% cut].”
The last time the city faced a water cut through the year was in 2009.
The seven lakes supplying water to the city need 14 lakh million litres to be filled, but there is a shortage of three lakh million litres. The rain deficit has forced the civic administration to continue with its cut.
The BMC, however, has come up with a plan to maintain the water level in the reservoirs, so the water can be supplied at normal pressure. They have also started a rigorous drive against illegal water connections and fixing of leakages to conserve water.
According to the civic body, the water cuts are needed to be able to tackle a deficient monsoon next year. “We have a reserve stock of about 100 days that we need to keep in case of a bad monsoon. Currently, we have planned the supply in such a way that we will be able to take care of the requirement until the next monsoon and the reserve stock will not be needed. If we include the reserve stock, the water stock deficit is hardly 15%. But with the live stock content of 11.45 million litres, the deficit goes up to 20%,” said a civic official, on condition of anonymity.