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BMC Asks Citizens Not to Panic as Mumbai Has 42 Days of Water Left


BMC Asks Citizens Not to Panic as Mumbai Has 42 Days of Water Left
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Despite the city’s water stock running at only 10.68% of the total capacity, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said that there’s no need to panic as of yet as upcoming rains in the city will make sure the lakes and reservoirs are filled up again.

It is worth noting that Mumbai’s water stock across the seven lakes is currently at 1.54 lakh litres. As per data, this is said to be sufficient for the next 42 days in the city. Though parts of Maharashtra have witnessed generous rainfall, mostly as an aftermath of Cyclone Nisarga, several parts of Mumbai didn’t see much rain.

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Understandably, this has caused some concern among the citizens with murmurs about BMC going back to a November 2018 decision to make water cuts in order to reduce consumption. However, the civic body’s officials have indicated that such a step is unlikely. As of now, the BMC supplies a total of 3,750 million litres of water each day while the demand is significantly higher at 4,200 million litres.

Additional Municipal Commissioner (Hydraulics Department) of the BMC, P Velrasu in a conversation to The Hindustan Times said, “So far the rainfall in Upper Vaitarna and Middle Vaitarna and some other dams are better than last year. The water levels in these dams are also higher than last year. So there is nothing to worry about availability (sic) of water as of now,” adding that the IMD has predicted normal rainfall in Mumbai.

Mumbai gets most of its water from the seven lakes consisting of Modak Sagar, Bhatsa, Tulsi, Upper Vaitarna, Middle Vaitarna, Tansa, and Vihar. Data reveals that around 50% of Mumbai’s water comes from the Bhatsa lake, making it a lifeline for the city.

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