Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya said there is a need to tap into Mumbai’s many lakes and wells to deal with the currrent water crisis.
He was speaking at the 11th anniversary of the voluntary organisation, Action for good Governance and Networking in India, on Saturday.
“There are sources of water like wells and lakes in Mumbai, which need to be tapped. Although there wouldn’t be a drastic change in the scenario, it would help create additional sources in times of crises,” said Kshatriya at the event held at St Xavier’s College at Dhobi Talao.
According to the latest study, there are 5,365 wells in the city several of which, need critical overhauling.
The civic body will immediately start repair and maintenance work on 1,964 wells.
The increasing numbers of borewells can cause a threat to the depleting water table, added Kshatriya. “There are limitations to digging borewells as it will lead to brackish water, which is not advisable for drinking purposes.”
He also discussed the need to revive city’s lakes. There are 129 lakes in Mumbai, of which more than 60 per cent are not used for providing drinking water. The use of desalinated water was also discussed as an option as the municipal body plans to set up a major desalination plant in Mumbai.
Suggestions on using rainwater harvesting facilities to increase water supply, which could be monitored by local citizen forums, were also presented.