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Mumbai Rains: Delay in monsoon can lead to water cuts in the city

If the rainfall is to be delayed any further, Mumbai can face water cuts in several areas.

Mumbai Rains: Delay in monsoon can lead to water cuts in the city
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Mumbai has known to been facing an urban water crisis for a couple of years now. The city has only 9 per cent of total water available in lakes. The delay in monsoons in the city has given birth to issues of water shortage and if the rainfall is to be delayed any further, Mumbai can face water cuts in several areas.

Water scarcity has been looming in the city with Mumbai having to face water cut till July last year as a consequence of insufficient rainfall in 2018, according to mid-day. In 2019, the catchment area of the lakes received good downpour as the rain continues till the first week of December. As a result, the lakes filled up leading to an adequate supply of water till the summer of 2020.

There are seven lakes - Bhatsa, Tansa, Upper Vaitarna, Middle Vaitarna, Modak Sagar on Thane-Nashik belt and Tulsi and Vihar in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SNGP) which provide water to the city of Mumbai.

According to mid-day, the city had 29 per cent water stock. However, as of June 26, the lakes are slowly drying up. There is 1.36 lakh million litres water remaining out of a total of 14.47 lakh million litres storage capacity of lakes.

Mumbai receives 3,800 million litres water every day and according to the water board estimation, it will last for another 30 days. An officer from the Hydraulic Department, speaking to the media further stated that the situation is being monitored. He also added that the city usually gets the maximum amount of rainfall in the month of July.

This is the third time when the city has received less than 10 per cent of water stock in the last six years. This is usually a consequence of insufficient rain in the previous years or a delay in the monsoons. So far, the city has received only a few spells of the rain in several pockets.

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