Consistent rain fills up lakes,raises hope of uninterrupted supply
With water levels in all six supply lakes showing signs of improvement,the civic administration is likely to withdraw the 10 per cent cut it has imposed since July.
Consistent healthy rain in the catchment areas of the lakes in the past week had raised water levels substantially,said officials. While Modaksagar,Tansa and Tulsi started overflowing last week,major lakes such as Upper Vaitarna were expected to reach those levels after a few monsoon days,they said.
Upper Vaitarna with Modaksagar accounts for 29 per cent of Mumbais water supply.
Since July 4,the water level in Bhatsa lake,which accounts for 59 per cent of the citys supply,has risen from 37,134 million litres to 65,1083 million litres.
Although a final review of the water situation will be carried out after a few days,there is a likelihood that the cut will be withdrawn, said Ramesh Bamble,Chief Hydraulic Engineer.
The decision on water cuts would be reviewed by September 1,he said.
According to BMC,the amount of useful water available stands at 11,78,003 million litres compare to 12,41,025 million litres last year this time.
Rahul Shewale,Standing Committee chairman and Shiv Sena corporator said,We are hoping for continuous rain as it will help reduce the citys water woes. With a healthy rainfall predicion,we expect the lakes will fill up soon and the water cut withdrawn.
There has been a steady rise in lake levels for the past two weeks. From a stock of 78,000 million litres in mid-July to 11.78 lakh million litres on September 10,it has been a tremendous leap,said an official.
Owing to deficient rainfall at the beginning of the monsoon,the civic body had imposed a 10 per cent water cut throughout the city. Later,it also mulled cloud seeding to augment water supply. Currently,the civic body supplies 3,450 million litres daily as opposed to the citys demand of 4,500 million litres.