Mumbai’s water reserves projected to last just 45 days, raising concerns: BMC data

  • As of now, the city's water stock is at 15.6%, which is approximately 2.5 lakh million litres.

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Published16 Jun 2023, 06:37 AM IST
A woman from Telamwadi village carries pots of drinking water after collecting it from a well in view of the water scarcity in Maharashtra, at Vihigaon, Shahapur, in Thane. (ANI Photo)
A woman from Telamwadi village carries pots of drinking water after collecting it from a well in view of the water scarcity in Maharashtra, at Vihigaon, Shahapur, in Thane. (ANI Photo)(Ashish Vaishnav)

With the monsoon season still pending in Mumbai, the city is grappling with a water shortage, the existing water reserves will sustain the city for slightly more than 45 days, shows figures by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

However, officials from the civic body have stated that there are no plans to implement water cuts in Mumbai until the end of June. As of now, the city's water stock is at 15.6%, which is approximately 2.5 lakh million litres. Comparatively, on June 15, 2022, the water stock was at 12.24%, and on June 15, 2021, it stood at 12.75%.

P. Velrasu, the additional municipal commissioner (Projects), explained that each percentage of water represents three days of water usage for Mumbai.

Mumbai relies on water supplied from seven lakes, namely Tansa, Bhatsa, Modak Sagar, Tulsi, Vehar, Upper Vaitarna, and Middle Vaitarna. These lakes are situated in the outskirts of Mumbai as well as neighboring districts such as Thane, Bhiwandi, and Nashik. When the monsoon arrives, the catchment areas of these lakes fill up, and the water is then transported to the city and its suburbs through tunnels and pipelines.

On June 8, due to the water levels in all seven lakes falling below seven percent, the BMC was compelled to utilize water from the reserve. The reserve stock refers to an additional amount of water stored within dams to handle adverse situations or insufficient rainfall. In March, the civic body had made a request to the irrigation department to access 1.5 lakh million liters of water from the reserves.

“At present, the water stock of Mumbai stands little over 15 per cent, which means that there is adequate storage for the next month. Rainfall is expected to arrive by the end of June, after which we will again review the situation and may take a call on whether water cuts need to be implemented in the city,” Velrasu told reporters Thursday.

In the previous year, the civic body enforced a water cut of 10 per cent from June to July when the water stocks dropped below 10 per cent. Prior to that, in August 2020, a 10 per cent water cut was implemented due to insufficient rainfall.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted the arrival of the monsoon in Mumbai and the surrounding districts from June 18 to 21. Normally, the monsoon officially begins in Mumbai around June 10 or 11. However, officials have attributed the delay in monsoon onset to Cyclone Biparjoy, which has formed in the Arabian Sea and caused moisture diversion.

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