With monsoon still elusive, the BMC is likely to announce a water supply cut of around 20 per cent for the city. Officials from BMC’s water supply department met Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte Tuesday to discuss the looming water crisis after two of the six major lakes that supply water to the city recorded a useful content level of “zero” last week, with total levels dipping further every day.
“The department is looking at a 20 per cent water cut but a final decision is likely to be announced only in the standing committee meeting on Wednesday,” a BMC official said. As of Tuesday morning, the six lakes — Modak Sagar, Tansa, Vehar, Tulsi, Upper Vaitarna and Bhatsa — recorded a total of 1.14 lakh million litres of useful water content, which is less than 30 per cent of what was recorded the same day last year.
Moreover, the city has still to benefit from the newly constructed Middle Vaitarna dam. The corporation is currently drawing water from the reserves in the Upper Vaitarna. Daily, the civic body supplies about 3,300 million litres of water to the city and suburbs of Mumbai, which is still short of the demand for 4,200 million litres of water.