Here is some good news. The civic body on Wednesday announced that the ongoing 10% water cut would be revoked from September 15.
With the levels in all lakes supplying potable water to the city steadily rising, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has enough water to supply to city for the next one year.
“Water stock has increased reassuringly enough to last till monsoon next year,” said Rahul Shewale, civic standing committee chairman. “Thus, a decision in favour of withdrawing the water cut will be announced in the standing committee meeting on Friday.”
In another major relief, the largest lake, Bhatsa, which contributes 54% to the total daily supply, is also nearing the overflow mark with a shortfall of only 0.61m.
Since August three of the six lakes — Modak Sagar, Tansa and Tulsi — have overflowed. On Wednesday, the collective useful water content from all the catchment areas stood at 12. 4 lakh million litres.
“Though there was uncertainty in the beginning of the season, there has been a sizeable rise in lake levels in the past few weeks. Main lakes such as Bhatsa and Upper Vaitarna too are filling up fast,” said a senior civic official from the hydraulic engineer’s department.