The severe water cut in 2009-10 seems to have taught Mumbaiites some valuable lessons in water conservation.
On Tuesday, Day 2 of the three-day water cut, citizens had no trouble dealing with it as they had already saved their stock of water. Being informed much in advance about the water cut helped, too
“This is only a daylong water cut and is very easily manageable. After the difficult time we faced last year due to inadequate rains, we are more than prepared for this. People from our area have learnt to conserve every drop of water BMC gives us,” said Bharati Kakkad, secretary, and Union Park Residents’ Association.
“Our building management had already stored water as we were told about it in advance, so we had no problem. We received less water but we managed with it,” said homemaker Maya Jasani from Vile Parle (East).
Officials from the water department said there was an increase in tanker supplies by 30 tankers. On other days, the city requires more than 350 tankers.
The water cuts will continue as the BMC is connecting the underground tunnel from Marol Maroshi to Ruparel with the existing water system. The work will be over by Wednesday and water supply will return to normal by Thursday.
People were happy that they had been informed much in advance and could hence make adequate arrangements. For those who could make arrangements, adjusting was no issue.
“We live in a small house with no space to store water. We received 50% less water that we usual do, but we made do with it as the pipeline work was for our betterment,” said Rishikesh Javkar who resides in Girgaum.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be fixing a valve on the 2,500 mm Bhandup-Maroshi main line as a part of the Maroshi-Vakola-Mahim-Ruparel tunnel project. The line will have to be isolated for 72 hours for this.