Mumbai, 8th July 2022: There is good news for the citizens of Mumbai who have been facing water shortages for the last few days. BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to withdraw the 10 per cent water cut in Mumbai from today (July 8) due to heavy rains in the area. So now citizens of Mumbai will be relieved.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted that the monsoon would arrive earlier this year. In Kerala, the monsoon arrived prematurely, but in Maharashtra, the rains had hit hard. Due to the lack of adequate rains in June, Mumbai and other major cities in the state were facing a water crisis.
The problem of water scarcity was due to deficient rainfall in the lake areas that supply water to Mumbai. Similarly, the Mumbai Municipal Corporation had decided to reduce water by 10 per cent from June 27, 2022. However, due to heavy rains in Mumbai and surrounding areas in July, the demand for water from the dams supplying water to Mumbai has increased. Therefore, the Mumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to cancel the 10 per cent water cut.
Water is supplied to Mumbai from seven dams namely Upper Vaitarna, Modaksagar, Tansa, Hindu Hriday Samrat Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray Central Vaitarna Reservoir, Bhatsa, Vihar and Tulshi. To quench the thirst of Mumbai, a total of 14 lakh 47 thousand 363 million litres of useful water reserves are required.
As of June 27, 2022, these dams had a storage capacity of one lakh 31 thousand 770 million litres or 9.10 per cent. However, the onset of heavy rains in July has led to an increase in water demand from all the seven dams supplying water to Mumbai. At present, these reservoirs have total useful storage of three lakh 75 thousand 514 million litres or 25.94 per cent. That is why the Mumbai administration has withdrawn the decision of a 10 per cent water cut.
The municipal administration is also appealing to the citizens to use water carefully, even though the municipal corporation has demanded the decision of water cut in Mumbai due to heavy rains in the last few days.