Water in Mumbai lakes crosses last year’s total, stock highest since 2006

The current stock of water on Wednesday was 13,13,523 million litres, which equals to around 298 days of water supply.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:August 4, 2016 12:18 am
mumbai, mumbai news, mumbai water, mumbai lakes, lakes in  mumbai, mumbai lake water, indian express news High tide at the Gateway of India on Wednesday. Source: Nirmal Harindran

THE prospect of a water cut next year in the city now appears limited as the city’s current water stock crossed the total quantity of water collected last year by a significant margin.

Middle Vaitarna started overflowing at 7:45pm on Wednesday, making it the fifth of the seven lakes supplying water to the city to do so.
With more than 13.13 lakh million litres of water collected so far, figures collated on August 3 indicate that the city’s seven reservoirs have the highest water stock since 2006.

The current stock of water on Wednesday was 13,13,523 million litres, which equals to around 298 days of water supply. Last year, the highest quantity of water recorded on October 6 was 11,63,137 million litres.

Out of seven lakes, three —Tansa, Vehar and Modak Sagar — started overflowing earlier this week while Tulsi has been overflowing since last month.

Among the remaining three large reservoirs, current figures indicate that Upper Vaitarna is likely to overflow next.

With two months of the monsoon still to go, and given the current pace at which water is filling up, officials from the hydraulic engineering department reckon that all seven lakes are likely to be filled up in the next couple of weeks.

Until last week, the total water quantity of the seven lakes was increasing at a steady pace of around 20,000 million litres daily. The lakes only need another 1.34 lakh million litres to fill to maximum capacity.

The city needs 14.37 lakh million litres of water on October 1 to last the full year.

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