No water-cuts in Mumbai despite low levels in reservoirs, dams

Though the water levels in reservoirs that supply water to Mumbai and in hundreds of dams across Maharashtra have plunged to record low levels, the city administration here does not plan to introduce water-cuts in the immediate future.


Nithin Belle

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Published: Thu 26 Apr 2012, 9:34 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:42 AM

Mumbai’s water stock in the six lakes is down by more than 86,000 million litres this April as compared to last year. According to the Bombay Municipal Corporation’s hydraulic department, the total stock of water in the six huge lakes located on the outskirts of the metro is down to 407,000 million litres, as against more than 493,000 million litres last April.

But the BMC has no plans to impose water-cuts immediately and is confident that it can continue to supply at the present rate till the middle of July. The south-west monsoon usually sets in over Mumbai by the second week of June.

While Mumbai’s daily water requirement adds up to 4,200 million litres, the BMC supplies more than 3,400 million litres daily. The six major lakes that supply water to Mumbai are located near the catchment areas. But the water situation is precarious in many parts of western Maharashtra, where the levels have plunged in many dams. According to state government sources, the water level in the 2,400-odd dams is down to 27 per cent, as against 42 per cent at this time last year. This is the lowest level in about five years.

About 650 villages in nine districts are facing an acute shortage of drinking water and the government has directed the district administrations to focus on ensuring that residents get water. Concessions are also being extended to residents of 8,000 villages in a dozen districts who are also facing shortage of drinking water.

Thousands of water tankers have been deployed to supply water to villages in many of the districts.

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