The 15 per cent water cut is set to stay despite the rain on Monday over the catchment areas of the six lakes that supply water to the city. The rain had raised the water level of the lakes considerably with Tansa and Tulsi overflowing on Tuesday.
According to officials of the hydraulic department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC),the 15 per cent water cut will persist as there is a shortfall of nearly 3 lakh million litres in the lakes compared to last year.
Despite the rise in the levels,there is still a considerable shortfall. We will review the situation on October 10 as rainfall is expected till then. As of now,to be on the safer side,the cuts will continue, a civic official said.
The total available water at present is 9,75,687 million litres while on the same day last year the stock was 12,94,334 million litres.
Levels of Upper Vaitarna and Modaksagar lakes,that together account for 1,142 mld of the citys supply,are still not close to the overflow mark. The largest lake Bhatsa,that alone supplies 1715 mld,is still nine metres short of the overflow mark. Bhatsa has till now received 1804 mm of rainfall which is much less compared to last year.
Civic officials said that the cloud seeding experiments over the catchment areas will continue till October 10.