Mumbai residents facing a 10% water cut were relieved by the significant rains in the initial week of July. Tansa, Tulsi, and Modak Sagar lakes have reportedly begun to overflow.
The BMC administration has reversed its intention to decrease Mumbai’s water supply by 10%. Mumbai residents will begin receiving an ongoing flow of water from Wednesday, 09. After determining that there is an adequate supply of water in the lakes, the decision to end the water cut is decided upon. There is currently a sufficient quantity of water in lakes to last for another 306 days at 81.44 percent.
According to BMC, the water supply to the city received dense and adequate rainfall in July, therefore the municipality made the decision to ease the water cut that had been imposed.
BMC states that the catchment areas saw high rainfall intensity in the month of July, which helped raise the lakes’ water reserves.
Shortage of water caused by late monsoon season
The monsoon came later than usual this year. On June 28, the water supply was barely 1.5 lakh million litres, or 7.26 percent, of its complete potential. This water was adequate just for the following 27 days. As a result, the BMC authority took the decision to reduce the water supply to the city by 10%.
However, the catchment area began to see more intense rain in the period of July. The capacity of lakes like Vehar, Tansa, Tulsi, as well as Modal Sagar has already been reached. while the other three lakes have a water capacity of more than 60%.
A final decision is yet to be made in September
In the first week of August, senior BMC authorities and hydraulic experts will be meeting to discuss the matter and make a decision regarding the water cut. This comes after the lakes’ water supply increased due to severe downpours in the catchment regions.
Additionally, the management has stated that it plans to evaluate the water supply in the months of August-September to arrive at the most suitable decision. Citizens need to use water responsibly even if there is enough water reserve in the lakes, the BMC has proposed.
The combined capacity of the seven lakes in total is 14 lakh 47 thousand and 363 million litres, while the current water stock of all seven lakes is 11,78,751 million litres.
Compared to the past few years, this year’s lake refill took place in the least amount of time. But on October 1, there must be 100% storage for a continuous circulation of water.
Mumbai receives 3850 million litres of water daily from BMC and they are expecting that the level of intensity will remain unchanged in August and September. Consequently, it was agreed to remove the water cut that was in effect as of August 2009.