After providing uninterrupted water supply to residents of Mulund, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will embark on another ambitious project. This time, the civic body plans to undertake a study to understand the pattern of water consumption.
Civic officials feel that once the residents are confident that they will get around-the-clock water supply, they will stop storing water which in turn will reduce water usage and consequently water wastage.
The civic body also thinks that once the project is implemented, the time at which water from the ground water storage tanks of the societies is pumped into their overhead tanks will also change.
"Right now, people store water as they are unsure if the water in their overhead tanks will last them through the day. So they tend to store water, which they may not use at all. Most of them tend to throw away water that they had stored earlier, and prefer to use only fresh water."
He added that this trend of hoarding water out of anxiety will change once they are assured of uninterrupted water supply; people will not store water unnecessarily. "The change in water supply routine will alter water usage pattern," he added.
Civic officials also say that along with this project they will also make sure that all the societies in the ward have a ball-valve fitted in their water storage tanks so that the tank doesn't overflow leading to wastage of water.
"We will make sure that the societies are not wasting water. For the first few months, we will depute staff to survey the area and the consequent shift in water consumption will be mapped," said the official
Meanwhile, the civic squads created to plug leakages and check illegal water connection in the area will also be active.
Mulund, has been chosen because of its proximity to the treatment plants from where water is distributed, which means additional water can be supplied to this ward without disturbing the supply to other wards. Though Mulund is primarily a residential area, it also has many industries and commercial establishments.
"After the project has been launched, the non-residential pattern of water usage in these commercial establishments will also be closely monitored by the civic body. Once it is done, the details gathered from this study will then be used to fine-tuned the water distribution system," said a civic official.