The monsoons are here, can the problem of water contamination in the city be far behind? The latest figures from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have indicated an alarming rise in the cases of contaminated water being supplied to your taps.
HT has been consistently tracking the issue of water contamination in the city. While 4,226 complaints were recorded in 2011, the civic body has already recorded 3,430 cases in the first six months of 2012.
On an average this year, at least 19 complaints of contaminated water are being recorded every day. In contrast, the daily average was 11 last year.
Of the 3,430 complaints for 2012 so far, 2,272 have been recorded in South Mumbai alone. In contrast, the eastern suburbs recorded just 586 complaints, and the western suburbs, 572. Civic officials have, for long, maintained that the problem in South Mumbai is due to the old, decrepit, leaky pipelines running alongside sewer lines.
Additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota could not be reached for his comments, despite repeated attempts.