On the water supply front, no news is good news. The civic body said on Tuesday that supply, cut by 35 per cent after a water main breach, would be restored only on Thursday. As if that wasn’t enough, Vihar lake — which supplies 68 million litres a day to Kurla, Kalina, parts of Powai and to industries — reached its lowest drawable level of 73.92 metres.
While officials said that they’d draw water from the lake for a few days more, it is unlikely to supply water for much longer. The areas it supplied will now have to be serviced by other lakes, which may, in turn, cause shortages across the city.
Western Mumbai was the worst affected by the rupturing of the 72-inch main from Tansa on Monday. The water cut that was necessitated was felt more acutely because Wednesday was Gudi Padwa, the Hindu new year.
“We didn’t get water at all. Since it was a festival day, we had many guests and had to buy water,” said Preeti Jadhav (34), a housewife from Andheri.
Bandra, Borivli, Malad and Dadar were similarly affected; they got only a few minutes of low-pressure supply.
“Our building got water for merely three minutes. We don’t know how we will manage tomorrow,” said Poonam Punamiya, a Khar resident.
“Our engineers have started repairing the pipeline at Valpada near Bhiwandi,” said Chief Hydraulic Engineer Vinay Deshpande. “The repairs will be completed by Wednesday.”