The city’s water woes might get compounded.
The irrigation department will reduce the water supply to Mumbai from the state-owned Bhatsa dam by 300 million litres a day (MLD). This amount of water is enough for 14 lakh people in Mumbai residing in the eastern suburbs.
“We are drawing 2,100 million litres of water from Bhatsa daily at present but the irrigation department will reduce this to 1,800 MLD from next week because the rest of the state is also parched,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Pramod Charankar.
Water from Bhatsa constitutes 65 per cent of the city’s total water supply and is supplied to the eastern suburbs.
Bhatsa supplies 1,385 MLD of water but since the water levels in the other five lakes are gradually dipping more water is being drawn from Bhatsa.
Water from Bhatsa will also be diverted to Vihar lake, which is gradually drying up.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) supplies 3,400-MLD water to meet the city’s demand of 4,200 MLD. The city needs 13 lakh million litres of water to ensure supply throughout the year but it has only 9 lakh million litres.
The BMC’s decision to increase the water cut by 10 per cent has, meanwhile, been deferred by a week because the civic Standing Committee wants to wait until the election results are out.
The city is already reeling under a 15 per cent water cut.
“To supply water all year, we will have to impose a cut of at least 25 per cent for the entire year. During winter this will be increased to 30 per cent,” said Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak.
He added that water levels in all the six lakes would be monitored every month.
The BMC, meanwhile, wants to save all the water it can.
The corporation will soon set up a toll-free number for registering complaints about unauthorised water connections, water theft and leakages.
The city loses about 700 MLD of water every day — enough for the daily needs of Pune — to leakages and theft.
A special squad will be set up to monitor and act on the complaints.