Increase in water levels not enough to meet needs of Mumbai city

The BMC supplies 3,750 million litres of water everyday to the island city and suburbs.

Written by Musab Qazi | Mumbai | Updated: June 17, 2015 2:41:35 am
water project, water management project, aibp, Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme, integrated watershed management programme, iwmp, devendra fadnavis, mumbai news, india news The water level at Upper Vaitarna is still below its minimum level of 595.4 meters.

Despite the city receiving heavy showers in the last one week, the water levels in the seven catchment areas that supply water to the city has not increased much.

As per the latest data revealed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) water supply department, the total useful content stands at 1.89 lakh million, which will last the city for another 50 days. Officials from the department have, however, said that there will be no water cuts in the city till the first week of July.

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Although it has been raining sporadically for last 10 days, an official from civic hydraulic department informs that recent rains were not sufficient to raise water level in the seven lakes. According to BMC statistics, the lake catchment area has received over 146 mm of rainfall on an average since the beginning of monsoon from June first week.

Bhatsa and Middle Vaitarna lakes have witnessed the highest fall in water levels in recent days. Bhatsa, which had over 49,065 million litres of useful water in the first week of June, is now carrying less than half that quantity, which is 23,508 million litres. And at 97,785 million litres, Middle Vaitarna has seen a reduction of 13,422 million litres of useful water content in this short span.

The water level at Upper Vaitarna is still below its minimum level of 595.4 meters, which means no water can be drawn from the lake till it receives sufficient rainfall. Water in Modak Sagar, on the other hand, has increased upto 54,437 million litres from 47,307 recorded in the first week of June.

The BMC supplies 3,750 million litres of water everyday to the island city and suburbs, which still falls short of the actual demand for 4,200 million litres everyday. Despite the dwindling water level, there shouldn’t be any cause of concern for Mumbaikars as of now.

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