Mumbai Lakes Run Dry With 7% Water Levels

The BMC also began removing more stock from the lakes of Bhatsa and Upper Vaitarna.

Mumbai Lakes Run Dry With 7% Water Levels

While the monsoon is predicted to arrive by June 11 in Mumbai, the lake levels continue to decrease significantly.

As of Tuesday, May 4, there was only 1.02 lakh million litres of water, which is a total of 7 per cent in the seven lakes. 

Owing to this, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) implemented a 10 per cent water cut starting today, June 5. Therefore, the civic body has also urged Mumbai residents to use water wisely.  

The BMC also began using reserve stocks of 1,37,000 million litres from Bhatsa and 91,130 million litres from Upper Vaitarna. As per sources, BMC will still be able to use 2.28 lakh million litres of water from these two lakes. This must be utilised by July end to avert a crisis. In February, approval was obtained from the state government for this. 

To ensure a year-round supply, the seven lakes' total stock should be 14.47 lakh million litres on October 1.

Last October, the lakes experienced a 5% stock shortage due to less rainfall. Hence, a 10% monthly water cut was implemented last year, but it was lifted by August 9. Currently, the city receives 3,900 million litres of water every day from the seven lakes. 

The water levels in the dams are as follows:

  • Upper Vaitarna: 0%
  • Modak Sagar: 15.57%
  • Tansa: 26.12%
  • Middle Vaitarna: 10.43%
  • Bhatsa: 3.33%
  • Vihar: 20.16%
  • Tulsi: 28.7%
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