In A huge respite to Mumbaikars, heavy rainfall has resulted in an increase in lake water levels in the city, with the current levels sufficient for enough water supply to the city for the next 112 days, officials confirmed.
The total usable quantity in all seven lakes supplying water to the city stands at 4.12 lakh million litres, which is 1.6 lakh million litres more than what was recorded the same time last year.
Civic officials, however, have said that the city is still lagging behind in terms of water stock to last till the onset of monsoons next year.
Ashok Tawadia, hydraulic engineer in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said, “The city needs water for 304 days on October 1, 2015 to sustain till the onset of the next monsoon. Though the levels are better than what was recorded in 2014, we are still lagging behind. We, therefore, cannot comment on water-cuts as of now.”
Last week, the civic body was mulling over a possible water-cut owing to a dry spell in the first two weeks of July. In 2014, BMC had imposed a 20 per cent water cut owing to lack of rainfall. BMC supplies 3,750 million litres everyday to the city. According to data provided by BMC, the major difference in water stock has been recorded at Upper and Middle Vaitarna.
While the total stock in Upper Vaitarna last year was 6,660 million litres, it stands at 18,360 million litres as on July 22, a difference of 11,700 million litres.
Similarly, Middle Vaitarna has risen from 23,676 million litres to 1.2 lakh million litres recorded yesterday, which officials said is a phenomenal rise.
The total useful content in Bhatsa, which accounts for 59 per cent of the total water supply in the city, stands at 1.3 lakh million litres, which is 35,732 million litres more than what was recorded last year at the same time. During monsoons, the Bhatsa lake is expected to reach its maximum capacity of 142 meters to supply water to the city for the next year. It has already reached 114 meters till Wednesday.