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Mumbai Lakes Level Do Not Rise Despite Rainfall

It is pertinent to note that the lake water levels have reached to the lowest in the last 10 years.

Mumbai Lakes Level Do Not Rise Despite Rainfall
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Even as the city is witnessing light showers, it hasn’t contributed to any rise in the levels of lakes, which supplies water to Mumbai.

As per the Santacruz observatory and Colaba, the city received 166 mm and 294 mm of rainfall respectively till 8 am on Thursday, June 20, which is way below the June average of 493 mm.

Since the water stock in two of the lakes - Bhatsa and Vaitarna - show zero levels, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is drawing from the reserved stock, which is below the lowest drawable level (LDL). It is pertinent to note that the lake water levels have reached to the lowest in the last 10 years.

Out of seven lakes, five are located at the border of Thane and Nashik. The other two are in the city's Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), Tulsi and Vihar, received moderate rain; however, the small lakes stocked less than 2 per cent of the total water stock for the city.  

A civic official stated that it takes heavy rainfall of a week to pervade water into the land and then into lakes. Currently, the BMC uses 53,000 million litres of water from a reserved stock of 2.28 lakh million litres in the city.

The other five lakes have 77,082 million litres of water that may last till July end.

Lake wise rainfall recorded:

Upper Vaitarana - 82 mm

Modak Sagar - 121 mm

Tansa - 167 mm

Middle Vaitarana - 131 mm

Bhatsa - 159 mm

Vihar - 212 mm

Tulsi - 221 mm

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