Their taps ran dry, but they did not complain.
Most parts of south Mumbai faced 100% water cut on Monday as work on fixing the valve on the Bhandup-Maroshi-Ruparel tunnel started at 10am.
Though residents received less water compared to normal days, they did not grumble because the work was undertaken for better supply in future.
Moreover, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had announced about the three-day water cut last week.
“This time the BMC had informed us well in advance, so we were prepared. We had arranged for water tankers for our building and also circulated e-mails to other buildings in our area so that they could be prepared,” said Ashad Mehta, president of the Oval Cooperage Residents’ Association.
Most residents were happy to sacrifice for the city’s benefit.
“The current inconvenience is ultimately for the betterment of the city so I don’t mind it. We have stored water and will arrange for a tanker if we need more water,” said Akhil Mourya, who lives in Churchgate.
“People did come and ask me about when the work would be completed out of curiosity, but did not complain about the water cut,” said Vinod Shekhar, Colaba corporator.
But those who could not afford to arrange for tankers were upset.
“I have to spend more than Rs 100 to get drinking water for my family. We bought one pot of water for Rs 8,” said Urmila Shinde, who lives in a slum pocket at Colaba.
Some commercial establishments, especially restaurants, were inconvenienced.
“We didn’t require extra water until afternoon, then we had to order for a tanker. We can’t manage to store that much quantity of water,” said Loknath Nayak, manager of Samarambh Kamat restaurant.
But those running water tankers made a killing on Monday.
“Our daily demand is of 20-25 tankers. But on Monday, the demand rose to 40-45 tankers. In fact, people had booked tankers from Sunday itself,” said Rajesh Gupta, owner of Saileela Jankalyan water supply, Colaba.
One tanker, which carries 10,000 litres of water, costs around Rs 500-Rs 600.
To help out the slum areas, which have been affected by the water main isolation work, the BMC has promised that tankers will be supplied there at no additional cost.
“The municipal corporation supplies 328 water tankers, mostly to the eastern suburbs, every day. We can supply 450 tankers as per the requirement in south Mumbai for the next two days without any additional charge,” said Vinay Deshpande, civic hydraulic engineer.
“We have not received complaints on Monday, but might get some on Tuesday.”