The seven lakes that provide the city with water are not at full capacity (14.47 lakh million litres) until October 1, so the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation may think about adopting a water cut once more.
The residents of Mumbai could face many challenges in the days to come. In fact, the Mumbai Municipal Corporation may think about using less water once more. This is due to the fact that by October 1st, it is anticipated that the seven lakes that supply water to the city will have less water than they can hold. The combined water storage capacity of Mumbai’s seven lakes is 14.47 million litres. The lakes providing water to Mumbai city must have 14.47 lakh million litres of water in order to serve the city’s needs through the upcoming monsoon season.
P. Malvade, a municipal hydraulic engineer, was quoted in the media as saying, “We will review the water stock on October 1. We will consider cutting water if, by then, the lakes’ water levels are below the permitted level. Although there wasn’t much rain in August, according to him, the water supply rose by 90%. Malvade stated that “we anticipate an improvement in the water stock in the lakes in September, but if this does not occur, a decision will be made to reduce water usage”.
The lakes supplying Mumbai city’s water must contain 14.47 lakh million litres of water for the purpose of meeting the city’s requirements until the upcoming monsoon season.
On October 1, we examine the water stocks. According to a report, civic hydraulic engineer P. Malwade said, “If by then the water in the lakes has not filled up to the required capacity, we may have to contemplate a water cut. In spite of the fact that August’s rainfall has not been particularly light, according to him, water reserves have expanded by up to 90%.
“We are hoping that the water stocks in the lakes will improve in September, but if they don’t, then accordingly, a call on water cutting will be taken,” said Malwade.
“On September 2, the lakes’ total water stock was 13.12 lakh million litres, or 91% of their necessary capacity. Due to this year’s delayed monsoon and low water reserves in the seven lakes, the BMC had previously enforced a 10% water cut on July 1”, he added.
In the districts around the dams that provide water to Mumbai, there had been barely any rainfall even after the start of the monsoon this year.
The term “El Nino,” as it is generally known, describes an unusual warming of surface waters in the Pacific Ocean’s equatorial region. It has a reputation for reducing monsoon rains. La Nina, the opposite phase that occurs when sea surface temperatures in the same area fall abnormally, is believed to promote rainfall over India.
Even though Mumbai experienced significant rain in the second half of July, the water levels in the seven lakes were still lower than they had been the year before. Mumbai receives drinking water from Modak Sagar, Tulsi, Tansa, Vihar, Bhatsa, Upper, and Middle Vaitarna reservoirs. Only two to three of the seven lakes had filled up to their maximum potential.