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8 lakh million litres

You will continue to face water cuts until the six lakes that supply water to Mumbai have at least seven to eight lakh million litres of water in stock.

mumbai Updated: Jun 11, 2010 01:43 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

You will continue to face water cuts until the six lakes that supply water to Mumbai have at least seven to eight lakh million litres of water in stock.

This means, if this target is not met until July 15, water cuts may be extended.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has imposed 15 per cent water cut on residential users and 30 per cent on commercial users until July 15 because of delayed monsoons and scanty rainfall last year.

"If there is regular rainfall in the catchments then lakes will fill up soon. We intend to withdraw the water cuts once there are seven to eight million litres of water in all the lakes," a BMC officer said requesting anonymity.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Anil Diggikar told Hindustan Times that it is too early to withdraw the water cuts. "We are monitoring the levels. When there is sufficient water stock, we will decide whether to withdraw the cuts or not," he said.

The city is getting only 2,900 million litres a day (MLD) as against its demand of 4,200 MLD. The total water stocks in all the six lakes that supply water to the city is 82,000 million litres as against a stock of 2.23 lakh million litres last year same time. BMC commissioner, Swadheen Kshatriya had said that the civic body will supply 2,900 MLD of water until July 15. "Water stock will last until July 15. We will take a review from time-to-time," the BMC officer said.

Data available with the BMC’s Water department revealed that the six lakes have received between 57 mm and 15 mm of rainfall during pre-monsoon showers this season.

With the levels in the lakes depleting, the BMC has stopped withdrawing water from the Upper Vaitarna Lake, which is close to its lowest drawable level of 595.13 metres. The corporation has also stopped withdrawing water from Vihar Lake since April 15.

Showers, meanwhile, continued on Thursday with Tansa receiving 1 mm of rainfall and Bhatsa 1.80 mm.