Heavy showers fill Barvi dam to 99%, water cuts unlikely in Mumbai suburbs next summer
Last week, the dams providing water to Mumbai had overflown but the ones in Thane district were yet to reach their capacitymumbai Updated: Jul 24, 2017 09:27 IST
With the suburbs receiving sufficient rainfall over the past few days, the residents’ water worries are likely to be taken care of.
Thane residents will be saved from intense water cuts next summer, as Barvidam that provides water to most cities in the district has now filled up to 99% of its total capacity — 230.32million cubic meters . The height of thedamwas increased by the irrigation department last year, owing to which the water stock is much more now.
Last week, the dams providing water to Mumbai had overflown but the ones in Thane district were yet to reach their capacity.
TheBarviand Andradamsare the two major sources of water supply in Thane district. Andra filled upto 63.64%. The irrigation department said that the water level at Barvi was the highest till the month of July in the past five years.
An officer said, “TheBarvidamusually fills by the end of October, however, last year it filled by the end of August. This year, thedamis almost full in July and we still have over 45 days of monsoon left. Water is now flowing from the spillway. The water stock will ensure that only nominal water cuts of 5 to 10% will be imposed in the summer, which will not hurt residents.”
The water stock inBarvidamwas only 115.04 mcm. The average water stock in Barvi for the last five years is 85.19 mcm, which is much lower than the stock this year. The catchment area has received 1,638mm rainfall. Water fromBarvi damflows in the Ulhas River, from where it is supplied to Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Mira Bhayander, Bhiwandi and Navi Mumbai.