The BMC has decided to continue the 10 per cent water cut for the next 15 days as the rains have failed to raise levels of the lakes supplying water to the city satisfactorily.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Rajeev Jalota said the water cut,which began on July 1,will go on till the end of the month. We will review the situation from August 1 to see if the cut should be increased or decreased. The lake levels havent risen enough to withdraw the cut, he said after a meeting on the issue.
According to BMCs Water Supply Department reports,since July 3,the amount of useful water available has risen from 81,116 million litres to 2.11 lakh million litres (as recorded on July 16). Seven days ago,potable levels stood at 1.29 lakh million litres,showing that the reserves have now grown by 63 per cent. Still,these figures are exactly half of last years reserves 4.2 lakh million litres on July 16.
Ramesh Bamble,chief engineer of the department,said if the city continues to receive rainfall at the current rate,an increase in the cut would be unlikely. Currently,BMC water supply to the city is 3,228 million litres per day,short of the 4,200 mld demand.
Since July 4,the level of useful water in Bhatsa lake,which accounts for 59 per cent of citys supply,has risen from 37,134 million litres to 1.1 lakh million litres. Though levels of Upper Vaitarna which along with Modak Sagar dam account for 29 per cent of Mumbais supply have risen considerably,available water reserves are still zero.
Lakes security increased
Security at all lakes supplying water to Mumbai has been tightened to avoid contamination,said BMCs Water Supply Department on Monday. Of the six lakes,Bhatsa and Upper Vaitarna are protected by the state. We have notified the states security guards and our own to keep an eye on all movements around the lakes, said Ramesh Bambale,chief engineer of the department.