Collective water stock from all lakes supplying potable water to the city, on Friday reached the highest quantity that it has ever had at this time in the past four years. As a result, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced that from Saturday it would lift the 10% water cut it had enforced since July 1.
“There has been a significant rise in lake levels and the water will last till next year. Also bearing in mind the approaching Ganpati festival, the water cut will be withdrawn from Saturday,” said Rahul Shewale, chairman, civic standing committee.
Though 2011 is said to have received good rainfall, the total useful water content as on Friday stood at 12,44,064 million litres — 777 million litres more than what it was at this time last year.
“The proposal to withdraw the water cut had been prepared a few days ago and we had waited to make a formal announcement in the standing committee meeting on Friday. Though the meeting was adjourned due to other reasons, we did not want Mumbaiites to suffer,” added Shewale.
The biggest testimony of the rise in water stock is that water levels in the lakes of Upper Vaitarna and Bhatsa – the two largest lakes – have shown a substantial rise. Bhatsa Lake is 0.45metres short of reaching the overflow mark, while Upper Vaitarna Lake is 1.46metres away from the full supply level.
“A review of the water stock would be taken again at the end of monsoon on October 1,” said a senior official from the BMC’s hydraulic engineer’s department.