4 lakes overflow, BMC rolls back water cut, partially
A year after it imposed water cut, the municipal corporation partially withdrew it after four of the six lakes that supply drinking water to the city have overflowed.mumbai Updated: Aug 14, 2010 01:54 IST
A year after it imposed water cut, the municipal corporation partially withdrew it after four of the six lakes that supply drinking water to the city have overflowed.
This means the city currently faces a 10-per cent water cut.
On Friday, the corporation announced that it will supply an additional 100 million litres of water daily (mld), taking the total supply from 3,000 to 3,100 mld.
The city’s requirement is around 3,400 mld.
“Of the six lakes that supply drinking water to the city, four are overflowing. We have decided to increase water supply by 100 mld,” said Anil Diggikar, additional municipal commissioner. “But we will take a decision on the matter [water cut] in September after reviewing the season.”
The total water stock in the six lakes till Friday was 10.4 lakh mld as against the requirement of 13.5 lakh mld. On August 13, 2009, the total stock in the six lakes was 7 lakh mld.
In 2009, the BMC had imposed a 15 per cent water cut for residential users and 30 per cent for commercial users as the city faced scarcity due to low rainfall.
Diggikar said the municipal corporation was looking at other options to increase water supply to the city.
These include the plan to set up a water recycling plant, doing a water audit, building a new dam at Gargai to provide additional 440 mld of water and stricter implementation of rainwater harvesting in housing societies.
Diggikar said the BMC had started a water audit system for Mumbai and in the first phase it is contemplating installing water meters. “The BMC has begun a pilot project and results are expected soon,” he added.
Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya said the BMC will provide additional supply during the festive season.