If the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is to be believed, Mulund will soon become the first ward in the city to get uninterrupted water supply.
The pilot project to study feasibility of the project, which aims to ease water crisis in the city grappling with skewed water distribution, will be launched by the civic body in Mulund.
The civic body's ambitious plan to provide 24/7 water supply to the city was envisaged in 2007. The civic hydraulic department is currently reviewing the project, following which it will start it in T ward that includes Mulund (east and west).
Mulund receives around 120 million litres of water daily (MLD) and gets water supply for around 10-12 hours.
In order to provide around-the-clock water, additional 10 per cent water, which amounts to 12 MLD will be needed.
According to the census figures, Mulund is spread across 45.5 sqkm of area and has a population of 3.41 lakh and this ward has the lowest population density - 7,533 persons in one sqkm area.
Civic officials who are working on the project said that Mulund has been shortlisted as it is closest to two water treatment plants at Bhandup and Pise-Panjrapol, which makes it easier for the civic body to supply additional water to the ward without disturbing water supply of other wards.
The T ward has been selected as the water distribution lines in Mulund are only 40-year-old and can handle water pressure, even if it is supplied 24x7.
Almost all the water connections in this ward are metered and there are very few illegal water connections in this area. Even the number of slums in this ward is comparatively less, which makes it suitable to start this pilot project, a civic official said on Tuesday.
A senior civic official said, "We will have to install flow meters on the pipelines. We are chalking out a flow management plan. We intend to send the entire proposal to the standing committee by the end of this month."
Additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota confirmed that T ward has been chosen to start this project. He added that they have started work on fixing other details related to this 24x7 water project. He said, "We are currently working on the design of the project. Once this has been finalised, the project will be launched."
However, civic officials are wary of people's habit to hoard water unnecessarily. People who don't get around-the-clock water supply, tend to store water even if they don't intend to use it later, leading to water wastage, said a civic official.
"Once this project is implemented, people living in Mulund will realise that they are getting water throughout the day and they will no longer feel the need to store water. This will provide them water security and bring down the amount of water wasted on a daily basis," added another senior civic official.