Mumbai can heave a sigh of relief as the city is not likely to have any water cuts for at least two more months.
The city’s water stocks will last for 60 to 70 days. In the last 22 days, the total water stock in all six lakes that supply water to Mumbai has increased by 63,600 million litres.
There has been moderate rainfall in the catchment areas. Till June 10, three lakes Tansa, Tulsi and Upper Vaitarna recorded good rainfall while others registered moderate rainfall, resulting in a rise of about 63,600 million litres in the total available water stock.
“The situation of water stock in all lakes is not bad as we have more than twice the stock compared to last year. So, there is no cause for concern for at least two more months 50 days,” said Ramesh Bambale, hydraulic engineer, BMC.
Last year, the total available water stock in all six lakes was only 71,520 million litres.
On Saturday, the total stock was 1.74 lakh million litre. This is after supplying 3,300 million litres every day, amounting to 72,600 million litres in the last 20 days.
If there were no rains at all since June 10, the stock would have depleted to 1.10 lakh million litres.
The rainfall recorded during this monsoon was 222 mm over Modak Sagar, 347 mm over Tansa, 617 mm Vihar, 713 over Tulsi, 346 mm over Upper Vaitarna and 305 mm was recorded over Bhatsa.
“This is not bad rainfall and we can supply water for 60 to 70 days without any cut. Usually July and August are peak rainfall months and we are hopeful of seeing some good rainfall then,” a
civic official from water department said on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
“Though we are taking a daily review of the water stock, we will discuss and decide a strategy about future supply,” Bambale said.