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Lakes at lowest pre-monsoon water levels in three years

The water levels of city's lakes are the lowest in three years, according to BMC figures. But the civic body will make sure that there will be no water cuts in the city till July 15, even if the monsoon sets in later than normal this year.

mumbai Updated: Jun 09, 2012 01:08 IST
Alok Deshpande

The water levels of city's lakes are the lowest in three years, according to BMC figures. But the civic body will make sure that there will be no water cuts in the city till July 15, even if the monsoon sets in later than normal this year.

The June 8 level for usable water stored in all the city’s lakes was the lowest when compared with that of the last two years.

Figures from the civic body hydraulic department show that though the water levels at all six lakes have gone down, the minimum water level up to which water can be drawn has not yet been reached.

At Modak Sagar, the usable water storage on June 8, 2012 was 10,693 million litres (ML), while in 2011 it was 13,073 ML and in 2010 it was 24,223 ML. Tulsi lake was carrying 2,006 ML on June 8, 2012; compared to 2,645 ML and 2,785 ML in 2011 and 2010 respectively. Upper Vaitarna in 2011 was carrying 36,170 ML of water, while this year it has only 15,630 ML of water.

The exception to this is Tansa Lake, which has 10,683 ML of water in 2012, more than 9,058 ML of 2011. The city can also get 66,070 ML from Bhatsa dam. The city is currently being supplied 3,430 million litres of water daily.

AS Tawadia, deputy hydraulic engineer (planning and control), said: “We have planned the water supply in such a manner that though the water levels have gone down, citizens will not face any water cuts till July 15.”

The civic officials are attributing this decrease in water levels to non-seasonal rainfall in November 2010.