Following a poor monsoon, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is likely to continue with water cuts in the city until July 2016, senior officials confirmed. The city is currently facing a 15 per cent water deficit, which has forced the civic body to continue with the water cuts. The civic body had imposed a 20 per cent water cut on residential properties and 50 per cent cut on commercial establishments at the end of August.
According to civic officials, the city requires supply for 304 days in the beginning of October to continue with normal supply until the end of July 2016. As of October 1, however, the city has supply only for 243 days. The total usable water quantity in all the seven lakes supplying water to the city is 11 lakh million litres, three lakh million litres less than what was recorded on the same date last year.
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Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner, in-charge of the hydraulic department of BMC, said, “We are reviewing the situation on a daily basis. Since the city is facing a 15 per cent deficit, the water cut will continue as of now.”
The city had faced severe water problems in the year 2009. That year, Mumbai had faced 15 to 30 per cent water cuts. The worst phase was in 1993, when the city faced 40 per cent cut throughout the year. The total usable content in Bhatsa, as on Thursday, is 5.3 lakh million litres, way below the seven lakh million litres recorded on the same date last year. The lake is expected to reach its maximum capacity of 142 meters during monsoon, and it currently stands at 135 meters.