After a 15-day exercise to detect leakages in the city’s pipelines and the water lost every day due to them, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has deduced that there are 653 leakages costing the city almost 40 lakh litres of water.
Of these 605 leakages have been plugged. The special drive was undertaken during the civic body’s leak detection fortnight from April 25 to May 9.
According to final statistics obtained by HT, 303 of the leakages were detected in the western suburbs alone, with the maximum 52 leaks detected in K-East ward, comprising eastern sides of Vile Parle, Andheri, Jogeshwari and parts of Goregaon. The island city is second, with 182 leakages, while the eastern suburbs saw 168 leakages.
The most amount of water lost, however, was in M-West ward comprising Chembur, Trombay and Mankhurd, which saw 12.66 litres lost every day.
These findings assume greater significance, as HT has been regularly carrying reports about the problem of water contamination prevalent in the city.
Officials insist on a direct link being established between leakages and the high incidence of contamination.
However, with 605 leakages attended to, officials believe cases of contamination were likely to dip.
“Leakages are a major cause of water contamination as sewage water generally enters pipelines during non-supply hours through a leakage. By aiming at controlling the leakages itself, we are looking at a dip in water contamination.”
Additional municipal commissioner Rajeev Jalota, in-charge of water supply, said the drive did well to highlight the problems.
“This drive made us realise that if we focus on the issue, we would be able to detect and attend to a lot more leakages than we usually do.”
Jalota also said a deeper analysis of these results would soon follow.
“We will now be analysing these results for deeper trends as to what kind of pipelines these leakages were detected in, which areas saw the maximum leakages and the reasons for them. Through this, we will be able to fulfill the aims of the exercise in its entirety.”
He added that review meetings would soon follow.
“Once the analysis is done, we will be holding meetings in the city and in the eastern and western suburbs to chalk out an action plan to tackle problems in all areas.”