Water cuts may continue until end of September
Though the stock in the six lakes that supply drinking water to the city has increased by 7 lakh million litres in the last 20 days, the water cuts might stay till at least the end of September.mumbai Updated: Aug 06, 2010 01:07 IST
Though the stock in the six lakes that supply drinking water to the city has increased by 7 lakh million litres in the last 20 days, the water cuts might stay till at least the end of September.
On Thursday, the six reservoirs had a total of 9.66 lakh million litres of water. On July 16, it was only 2.52 lakh million litres.
While Tulsi and Modak Sagar reservoirs are overflowing, water levels recorded in Tansa have nearly reached the required mark.
“The municipal body does not want to take any chance, so the water cut might continue till monsoon ends,” said an officer from water department, who did not want to be named as he is not authorised to comment.
However, Anil Diggikar, additional municipal commissioner, said that they will review the situation only on August 15 and then decide on whether to continue with the cuts or not.
According to civic officials, the six lakes should have 13 lakh million litres of water at the end of the monsoon to ensure regular supply through the year.
“We hope to reach at least the 12 lakh million litre-mark this year,” said Diggikar.
The corporation imposed water cuts in August 2009 — 15 per cent for residential users and 30 per cent for commercial users — after the city faced water scarcity due to poor rainfall.
The city currently gets only 3,000 million litres of water every day though its daily need is 4,200 million litres.