The island city has the highest number of cases of water contamination in Mumbai in comparison to the eastern and western suburbs, as per records of the hydraulic engineering department. Out of about 4,400 cases of contamination, which have been addressed between January 2015 till February this year, 2,536 are from the city area.
Civic chief Ajoy Mehta stated that the high number of cases in the island city was on account of the fact that the city’s water supply system is the oldest of the three zones. “The issue of contamination will be taken seriously and we are attending to them on a priority basis to prevent outbreak of gastrointestinal diseases which tend to increase during monsoons,” he said.
Officials from hydraulic engineering department stated that since August 2015, they have been in the process of changing old pipelines. “We have proposed 349 pipe connection bunches and have been converting them into single water pipelines. These are prone to punctures and contamination,” an official said. Of all the complaints of water contamination received, 43 are pending. In a presentation to the municipal commissioner and other officers April 2, the hydraulics department displayed a list of short supply areas to restore supply.