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Mumbai: No water supply cut likely, say officials as June rains raise levels in lakes by 10%

According to BMC data, as on July 1, all seven lakes have 264,616 million litres of water, of the total capacity of 1,447,363 lakh million litres.

Written by Laxman Singh | Mumbai |
Updated: July 2, 2021 10:57:55 am
Tulsi LakeOn Thursday, Tulsi lake, located in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park has 74.71 per cent of water that can be used to meet drinking water needs. (Express Archive Photo)

Mumbai is unlikely to face any water cut as of now as the seven lakes that supply drinking water to the city are 18.28 per cent full as against 8.18 per cent last year during the same period, officials said. The good amount of rainfall received in June has helped in maintaining the lake levels, the officials from the BMC’s Hydraulic Engineer department said.

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) data, as on July 1, all seven lakes have 264,616 million litres of water, of the total capacity of 1,447,363 lakh million litres.

On Thursday, Tulsi Lake and Vihar, both situated on Sanjay Gandhi National Park premises, had 74.71% and 62.29% of “useful content” respectively, official said.

Water level at Bhatsa, which supplies 55% of the city’s total requirement, stood at 16.58%, while it was 31.65% at Tansa and 37.85% at Modak Sagar. While Upper Vaitarna’s water level stood at 0%, same as last year, Middle Vaitarna had 13.43% of useful water stock.

“The water level in lakes can last for the next 67 days. Good rainfall is expected in July, so the levels will increase (further). As of now, no water cut has been planned,” said an official from Hydraulic Engineer department.

Mumbai gets about 3,900 million litre water daily from these seven lakes. Earlier, on July 12, Powai Lake, which supplies water to industries, had reportedly overflowed.

Last year in August, Mumbai had faced water cuts as the water level in lake catchment areas was low due to lack of rainfall.

This year, after heavy rainfall in early June, no significant rainfall has been recorded in the last two weeks.

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