Continuous rain on Saturday brought good news for Mumbaiites as this may mark the end of their water woes.
Heavy rain in the past two days has raised the municipal corporation’s hopes that water levels will reach the safety mark before expected. “It is raining well in lake areas too,” said Anil Diggikar, additional municipal commissioner.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation brought down water cuts from 15 per cent to 10 per cent on Friday.
Levels at the six lakes from where Mumbai gets its drinking water supply are inching towards the safety mark. The total useful water level in all the lakes has collectively crossed more than 2 lakh mld that is more than last year’s level.
The figures released by the BMC at 3 pm on Saturday show that the useful water level in lakes has reached 9,87,706 million litres a day as against 7,22,802 million litres a day on the same day last year.
Mumbai requires about 13 lakh mld water supply to last through the year. “With 9.87 lakh mld in the kitty, we are just 4 lakh mld away from the full supply level,” an official said.
“Three of the six lakes Modak Sagar, Tansa and Tulsi are already overflowing and the others are a few metres away from it,” he added.
“The BMC will review the situation on August 16 and take a call on the water situation,” an official added.
Meanwhile, as incessant rains continued to lash the city and the suburbs, there were two minor incidents of house collapse, one in the city and the other at Kandivli.
In the first incident, there was a slab collapse in a four storey building near Crawford Market and in the second incident; there was a ceiling collapse in a five storey building along SV Road in Kandivli. No injuries were reported.