Municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar, on Wednesday, said considering the current situation, water shortage will continue in the city.
"Only a limited amount of water can be bought to the city because the distribution system is old and needs to be augmented," said Kumar.
He was answering questions posed by three corporators, who sat on the floor in front of him at the civic general body meeting, and demanded that more water be supplied, especially during the festival season.
While trying to pacify them, Kumar admitted there was no immediate solution.
"There is no solution to augment water supply unless all major water projects are implemented. Even though there is enough water stock in the lakes, we cannot bring more than 3,400 million litres of water daily to the city," said Kumar at the meeting.
The city needs 4,200 mld of water to fulfill its water requirement.
The corporators complained about a lack of proper water supply in many areas of the city including Kurla, Mankhurd, Mohammad Ali Road and Chembur.
"It is the month of Ramzan and there is such severe water shortage in our area that people do not have water to break their fast and celebrate," said Congress corporator, Waqarunnisa Ansari.
The Hindustan Times had first reported about the water shortage on August 20, highlighting faults in the reservoirs.
"The BMC tells us that there are faults in the distribution system. Why can't they plug the faults? Considering its incompetence, I would not be surprised if the BMC planned to privatise the hydraulic department," said Bharatiya Janata Party corporator Yogesh Sagar.