Water Crisis: BMC to issue notices to over 1 lakh units without meters

BMC has currently imposed a 20 per cent water cut on all residential properties and a 50 per cent cut on commercial establishments.

| Mumbai | Published: September 16, 2015 1:10 am
BMC, water crisis, mumbai water crisis, festival water crisis, water meter, legal water metre, mumbai water, mumbai news, indian express BMC will also take action against housing societies not maintaining the sewage treatment plants in their compounds.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated a slew of measures in the city to save water.

The civic body would be issuing notices to households that do not have a water meter. BMC has identified 1,54,177 such units, of which it has issued notices to 24,332 units.

BMC will also take action against housing societies not maintaining the sewage treatment plants in their compounds.

The city is currently facing a 32 per cent shortage in water levels.

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As of September 15, the total water quantity in all the seven lakes supplying water to the city is 9.6 lakh million litres, which is substantially lower than the 14 lakh million litres that was recorded on the same day of last year.

BMC has currently imposed a 20 per cent water cut on all residential properties and a 50 per cent cut on commercial establishments.

While BMC supplies at least 3,750 million litres of water to the city everyday, it has been supplying 3,200 million litres since the water cut was announced in August.

From Tuesday, BMC has also de-centralised the water distribution system, allowing local ward officers to control the water supply timings in their respective areas. BMC will assess the water levels in the first week of October before taking further decisions.

The BMC has also come down heavily on unauthorised water connections, and pipeline leakages in the city.

The civic body has identified 3,755 leakages since August, of which 3,704 have been repaired. It has also removed 428 of the 431 unauthorised connections it had identified.

“We are monitoring grievances on a daily basis. Though we will initiate a publicity campaign soon, we urge Mumbaikars to conserve water,” said Mukherjee.

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