Rainfall ups lake levels
In the last 24 hours, the water stocks in the six lakes that supply water to the city, have increased by 13,871 million litres.mumbai Updated: Jul 10, 2010 00:30 IST
In the last 24 hours, the water stocks in the six lakes that supply water to the city, have increased by 13,871 million litres.
The increase amounts to an additional four days of water supply.
The abundant rainfall in the catchment areas of the lakes is improving the water levels of the lakes.
The data furnished by the civic body shows that the rainfall received on June 9 this year has been the highest in the last five years.
But the total rainfall recorded till date has been lesser than the average rainfall recorded in the last five years.
Vihar has received the highest amount of total rainfall - 1,428 millimetre (mm) but in 2006 it had received 1,643 mm and in 2007 it recorded 1,481mm.
Bhatsa, the state owned dam, has recorded a rise of 0.6 metres and a total rainfall of 738 mm this year, but it had received a total rainfall of 1,274 mm in 2007 and 1,184 mm in 2005.
“There has been an increase in the lake levels but it’s too early to roll back the cuts,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner, Anil Diggikar.
There is only 10 per cent of annual useful content in the lakes despite the heavy rainfall in the catchment areas.
The total water stocks collectively in all the six lakes today is 17.3 lakh million litres as against 1.4 lakh million litres of water stocks last year.
The city is reeling under 15 per cent water cuts since the last one year.
According to the civic officials, all the catchments would collectively need an average of 3,000 mm of rainfall.
The civic body needs a total stock of 13.5 lakh ML to suffice for the entire year.