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Bhatsa reaches a five-year high

The rain gods have brought more good news.

mumbai Updated: Sep 07, 2010 02:34 IST
HT Correspondent

The rain gods have brought more good news.

The water level at Bhatsa dam, that supplies around 1,900 mld of water that is more than 60 per cent of potable water to the city, reached 141 metres on Monday — the highest in five years.

"With Bhatsa reaching this mark, the water supply position for the city has reached a comfortable level," said a senior civic official, requesting anonymity.

"This is the first time in five years that the lake has reached this high and the state irrigation department, which maintains the dam, had to release water to avoid floods in the nearby villages," the official added.

Incessant rains in the last week saw a sharp rise in the water level in all six lakes that supply potable water to the city.

Built in 1981, Bhatsa dam, the city’s largest water source, received 81 mm of rainfall monsoon — again the highest in five years.

The total water stock in the six lakes on Monday increased to 12.72 lakh million litres as against 8.88 lakh million litres on September 6, 2009.

The total water stock in the six lakes is currently 13.19 million litres.

"We will take a final review of the water level in the six lakes by September end," said Anil Diggikar additional municipal commissioner.

Last year, the municipal corporation had imposed 15 per cent water cut for residential users and 30 per cent cut for commercial users because of delayed monsoon and subsequent water crisis.

But this year, four of the six lakes have already crossed the overflow mark. While Modak Sagar and Tulsi lakes started overflowing on July 27, Tansa reached the full mark on August 6 and Vihar on August 19.

Last month, the municipal corporation also rolled back the water cut.

The current water requirement of the city is 4,200 mld, but the civic body supplies 3,400 mld.