After imposing a 20 per cent water cut in the city a week ago, the BMC will now target water supply for commercial properties across the city owing to inadequate rainfall in the catchment areas of six major lakes supplying water to Mumbai. The civic body made the announcement in the standing committee meeting Thursday as corporators fumed over the ‘lack of planning’ by the civic administration.
“The city is facing a major water crisis as the catchment areas have received only 30 per cent of the expected rainfall. We will further reduce water-supply for non-priority users like garages and swimming pools in the city. We will also create an awareness campaign so people start using less water,” said additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani.
While the current level of Bhatsa lake will last for another eight days and Upper Vaitarna for another month, BMC will start using water from the reserve storage of the lakes. The reserve storage for Bhatsa, which accounts for 59 per cent of the city’s water supply, can be used for 96 days and Upper Vaitarna for another 73 days, as per the civic body. The total usable water content of all the six lakes stands at 89,618 million litres.
“We are also looking at the option of using water from bore-wells and have also tendered for the cloud-seeding project by July 15. We will implement all the solutions step by step if the rainfall continues to be inadequate,” Adtani added.