Brace yourself for water cuts up to 50 per cent for 24 hours starting Saturday (November 19) as the civic body plans to undertake repairs in Bhiwandi to plug leaks in the pipe that brings water to the city.
In areas that are on an elevation like Malabar Hill and Pali Hill, or are at the end of the distribution network like Powai and Ghatkopar, the cuts could go up to 100 per cent.
Around five days back, the staff of the hydraulic department posted at the Kasheli chowky in Bhiwandi spotted heavy leakage on the 3,600 mm diameter Upper Vaitarna main near the stretch between Kalher and Kolshet villages. The spot is tricky because it is the location where the tunnel that carries water from the lake joins the pipeline that takes it onward to the treatment plant at Bhandup.
The pipeline transports 1,000 million litres of water every day from the Upper and Lower Vaitarna lakes to the treatment plant. At least 70 million litres of water was being wasted due to the leakage.
The civic staff tried to fix the leak, but were not successful because of heavy pressure in the pipelines. “We will start the repair work at 11 am on Saturday and complete it by Sunday morning. The cuts we have imposed are high because the line carries one-third of the water supply needed for the city every day,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner Dineshchandra Gondalia.
Hospitals will be provided with additional water tankers to compensate for the reduced supply of water, according to civic officials.
“Since the civic body has informed us about the water cut in advance, there will not be much of a problem as most people will store water. All these repairs will ultimately benefit us so we will have to put up with some discomfort,” said Usha Mandrekar, who lives in Nana Chowk.
The civic body has undertaken a project to replace old water mains on the outskirts of the city. It is still replacing the over-80-year-old Tansa line, which is the oldest of the lot.