The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has withdrawn water cuts in the city, saying there is sufficient water stock to last till next monsoon. However, residents of Khar are all set to conserve water and are preparing themselves for a crisis situation lest it appear again next year.
Union Park Residents Association in Khar launched a water audit programme on Sunday. The aim of the association is to help residents take systematic measures to cut down on excess consumption of water.
Over the next two months, surveys will be carried out across all 55 buildings in Union Park to measure the quantum of consumption of each building.
“Though most people are aware of the importance of water conservation, we felt there was a need to make a concentrated effort towards the same. If the audit is successful in Union Park, we will also reach out to other localities in Khar and Bandra,” said Bharati Kakkad, secretary of the association.
“It’s important that people know the amount of water they consume so that proper steps can be taken to conserve and create alternative water sources for non-potable use. After the audit is complete, a seminar will be conducted in which each building will be presented with reports of their consumption pattern,” added Kakkad.
Residents of Sea Hill housing society, Union Park, which installed a rainwater harvesting plant last year, said their dependence on water supply from BMC has reduced by around 40%.
“The problem of water shortage has now been resolved. Earlier, we used to call for a tanker every day. Now, we have not called for one in a long time,” said Hemant Sonar, secretary, Sea Hill housing society.
“Rainwater harvesting is a one-time investment and has been extremely beneficial. We have been using water from it for washing cars and flushing tanks,” said Ajit Sethi, the society’s chairman.
Supporting the citizens’ initiative, Arvind Hire, zonal deputy municipal commissioner for H West, H-East and K-East wards said: “It is known that Mumbai faces a demand-supply gap. Hence, to bridge this gap, it is important that citizens take up such initiatives on a wider scale”.
“Union Park residents are setting an example to be followed by other citizens in the city,” said member of Parliament Priya Dutt, who attended the event.