In just two months of monsoon the catchment areas of Thane and Nashik, where the six reservoirs that supply drinking water to Mumbai, have received more than average rainfall for this period.
But the excess rainfall in these areas has not translated into filling of all the lakes, so water cuts will continue for now at least.
Only Tulsi and Modak Sagar reservoirs are overflowing, while Tansa has almost reached its mark.
“Compared to last year, the catchment areas recorded good rainfall this year. We hope the city would not have to face water cuts for the whole year,” said Anil Diggikar, additional municipal commissioner.
According to data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), since June 1, Thane has recorded 7 per cent more rainfall — 1675 mm — as against the average of 1,565 mm.
While 515 mm of rainfall for Nashik may seem like a small amount, the district has witnessed 73 per cent more rainfall as compared to its average of 297.9 mm.
Thane receives around 2410.8 mm of rainfall from June to September, while Nashik records an average 539.6mm in the same period.
R.V. Sharma, deputy director general, western region, IMD, said a good combination of normal monsoon features such as low-pressure areas over the Bay of Bengal, trough of the west coast and strong wind pressure areas over the west coast of the Arabian Sea were responsible for good rainfall.
Maharashtra too has recorded 19 per cent more rainfall as against the month’s average of 631.7 mm.
Good rains across the state have led to the completion of 100 per cent sowing of paddy and other kharif crops over 131 lakh hectares, according to the government.