Waking up to repeated scares that a failed monsoon might present, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now looking to overhaul the working of the city’s water supply system by studying the demand for water and attempting to find ways to address future shortages.
The civic body plans to form a core group to deliberate on ways to overhaul the city’s water supply and distribution system. Although no official announcement regarding the matter has been made, civic sources said that apart from officials and corporators, the BMC will also consider making independent experts part of the committee.
Ironically after the monsoon had failed in 2009, the civic body had already kick-started work on initiatives such as rainwater harvesting, treating sewage water and desalination of seawater. However, three years later these initiatives are yet to be implemented.
Measures being considered include the formation of a new water conservation board to encourage ways to conserve water, incentivise rainwater harvesting and plan long-term methods to fulfill the city’s water needs.
“Every time there is water scarcity, we start firefighting and thinking of ways to mitigate the situation at hand. We can’t go on like this. We need to start planning in advance, and hence, this core group will initiate future planning,” said Samajwadi Party (SP) corporator Rais Shaikh.
Currently, efforts to encourage water conservation are generally restricted to promoting rainwater harvesting.
Rajiv Jalota, additional municipal commissioner said, “Water is used indiscriminately because there isn’t enough awareness about water conservation and ways to do it. We want to come out with guidelines for both conservation as well as management of our future needs.”
Jalota also said that the civic body would come out with the policy within the next six months. “We plan to consult independent experts, who can help modernise efforts towards water conservation, by identifying equipment and technology that can be used to reduce consumption.”