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Water crisis to worsen in western suburbs

If you stay between Bandra and Dahisar, get ready to live with lesser water, reports Amrita U. Kadam & Bhavika Jain.

mumbai Updated: Nov 25, 2009 02:05 IST

If you stay between Bandra and Dahisar, get ready to live with lesser water.

The water level in the Bhandup Master Balance Reservoir (MBR), which supplies water to the western suburbs, is dipping gradually and in the months to come the situation can get worse.

“The maximum water level in the MBR is 4 metres but these days the level dips below 1.8 metres hence reducing the pressure drastically,” said a civic official from the hydraulic department requesting anonymity.

Earlier, when the lakes were full the water level in the MBR would be maintained at 4 metres hence maintaining the pressure. “In the coming days the western suburb might have to face tough time as the waster situation is very critical. Upper Vaitarna did not fill to its full capacity,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner, Anil Diggikar, who has advised people to save water.

Currently the water level in the MBR at Yewai that supplies water to the eastern suburbs and the island city is also very critical.

“The water level dips to 0.8 metres, which is not a good sign. Due to this the pressure of water in the city and eastern suburbs is very low,” added the official.

Low water pressure means those at the end of the line of supply will not receive enough water. Those living in hilly areas will have an even tougher time as the distribution channel works on the gravitation. The six lakes that supply water to the city could not stock enough water due to scanty rains. The city is currently facing a 15 per cent water cut.

This means that nearly 400 million litres of water is deducted from the daily supply of 3,450 mld. Zoning is the only option left to maintain the water pressure in the reservoirs Diggikar said. This involves dividing the city into zones. Water will be supplied during the day and night to different zones.