Though lake levels continue to rise, bridging the gap between water stocks recorded this year and the previous year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to continue with the 10 per cent water cuts in the city till August 14, when the civic body will review the water stocks again.
As of August 6, the total usable content in all the seven lakes supplying water to the city stood at 11.45 lakh million litres, as opposed to 11.82 lakh million litres recorded the same day in 2013, a difference of 36,871 million litres.
“The current water levels will last us for two more months. The Bhatsa and Middle Vaitarna lakes are still short of reaching ther maximum capacity. We will review the situation on August 14 again, before deciding on withdrawing water cuts,” said Ashok Tawadia, deputy hydraulic engineer (planning and control).
The Bhatsa lake, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of the city’s water supply, is still short by 4 meters of reaching its maximum capacity, whereas the Middle Vaitarna is short by 0.94 meters. The total usable content in Bhatsa, as of Wednesday stands at 52,3717 million litres as opposed to 62,6381 million litres recorded last year, a difference of 1,02,664 million litres.
The city needs 14.47 lakh million litres by October 1 for water supply till July 31 next year. The city currently has 79 per cent of the water supply that is required till the next monsoon.
Due to inadequate rainfall in the month of June, the civic body had imposed a 20 per cent water cut on residential properties and a 50 per cent water cut on commercial properties. The level was by reduced by 10 per cent after the Modak Sagar lake started overflowing on July 30. The Tansa lake, which has received 1,669 mm rainfall till date, also started overflowing on August 4.