The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is likely to announce a water cut of 10-15 per cent next week. Officials from the hydraulic department are working at the gradings for imposing water cut on commercial and residential consumers in the city. With a dry spell of over two weeks, the water levels in the lakes supplying water to the city will not be sufficient, officials confirmed.
According to data released by the hydraulic department, the total level as of August 21 was 9.3 lakh million litre, 3.6 lakh million litre less than what was recorded on the same day last year. In 2014, the total water level stood at 13 lakh million litre. The lakes are Tansa, Bhatsa, Vaitarna, Vehar, Upper Vaitarna, Middle Vaitarna and Tulsi.
A senior civic official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “Looking at the situation, we have to impose a water cut to sustain till next year. We will seek permission from the standing committee of the civic body next week.”
The official also said that the water cut pattern will be similar to 2014. Last year, BMC had imposed a 20 per cent water cut on residential properties and a 50 per cent water cut on commercial establishments like malls and five star hotels.
BMC supplies 3,750 million litre to the city every day. The total useful content in Bhatsa, which accounts for 59 per cent of the total water supply in the city, stands at 4.03 lakh million litre, which is two lakh million litre lesser than what was recorded last year at the same time. During monsoons, the Bhatsa lake is expected to reach its maximum capacity of 142 metres to supply water to the city for the next year. It has only reached 129 metres till Friday.