Even if the monsoon is delayed by a few days, Mumbai won’t face water cuts. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) supplies 3,785 million litres of water to the city daily.
Currently, it has a stock of 4,43,783 million litres, which is sufficient to supply water for the next 75 days, till June 30.
Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner, said, “We have surplus water stock. There won’t be any need for water cuts till June 30. A review will be conducted again, if the weather department predicts a delay in the monsoon.”
The monsoon arrives in Thane district, which has five of the seven lakes that supply water to Mumbai, by mid-June.
Civic officials claim the water stock can last for 115 days, but some of it has to be kept aside to deal with unpredictable monsoon and weather condition.
Also, if the lakes do not receive enough rainfall by the end of June, the civic body starts reducing the water supply, as a precautionary measure.
Last year, too, the water stock was adequate for summer, but a 20% water cut had to be imposed later, as the monsoon got delayed.
On April 15, 2014, the stock available at all lakes was 4,80,945 million litres, more than this year’s stock of 4,43,783 million litres. The combined capacity of all lakes is 14 lakh million litres and the current stock touches the 35% mark.
“If there is a water cut before June 30, it will be because of work on pipelines and not scarcity of water. We stock water to deal with delayed monsoon. Cuts might have to be imposed only if the monsoon gets delayed by a month,” said a civic official, on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The Tansa lake recorded about 12mm rainfall on Wednesday, while Bhatsa received 3mm rain.