The city’s water woes are far from over.
Water levels at Vihar lake that supplies to Kurla and Powai in the eastern suburbs, have receded to the lowest limit, beyond which water cannot be drawn. To add to this, water levels in other lakes are also dipping gradually.
According to data available with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the level at which water can still be drawn from Vihar lake is 73.92, which it has reached.
“In order to keep the lake alive we are pumping water from Upper Vaitarna and Bhatsa system,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner, Anil Diggikar.
About 110 million litres of water is taken from Vihar supplies water to the Kurla, Kalina and part of Powai and for industries use. It’s the first time ever in the history of BMC that water has had to be diverted from one reservoir to another.
Together, the Upper Vaitarna and Bhatsa will infuse 100 million litres of water daily (MLD) to maintain supply to the areas that Vihar lake supplies to.
Total stocks in all the six lakes that supply water to the city are at 4.1 lakh million litres. At this time last year, the stocks were at 5.9 lakh million litres.
Vihar is the oldest lake and according to records has been in existence since 150 years.
The reason for the unprecedented water crisis in the city is due to the scanty rainfall and rise in demand.