The municipal body will fill ponds in 10 mills in four wards across the city to use the water as reserves during summer.
The idea is make water available to people who live at the fag end of the supply line and do not get enough water due to the drop in pressure in the Master Balance Reservoir. The water to be filled in these ponds will be drawn from the six lakes supplying water to the city.
“The mills identified are in F-north, F-south, G-north and G-south wards [these wards cover the area between Byculla and Sewri]. There are ponds in the mill premises but they have all dried up,” said a civic official from the hydraulic department requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Among the mills identified are India United Mill No 1, Goldmohur Mill, Tata Mills, Jam Mill, Bombay Dyeing Mill, Kohinoor Mill and India United Mill No. 6.
The amount of water these ponds can accommodate has not yet been measured. Tankers can use the water from these ponds to supply to different areas.
The water crisis in Mumbai is likely to aggravate in summer when demand for water is high.
The civic body is also setting up filter plants that will be connected to wells and borewells. These filters were large water purifiers that filter impurities and dirt from well water.
“We have already started the work of cleaning and repairing the different types of wells in the city,” Additional Municipal commissioner Anil Diggikar said. “Once they are clean we will connect them to these filters.”
This will benefit areas that are located at a height and where water with low pressure cannot reach.
Each of these filters will have a capacity of 4,000 to 5,000 litres. Some wells may need more than one filter plant depending on their capacity.