70,000 million litres of water with 24 hrs of rain but it’s barely enough
There’s good and bad news for the city regarding rain in catchment areas. The seven lakes that supply water to Mumbai have recorded bountiful rain in the 24 hours between July 3-4. This has given the city 70,000 million litres of water in a day . Mumbai’s daily requirement for water is 3,750 million litres, which means that the rain for 24 hours has given the city 18 days of water. But civic officials said it was too early to be happy as the water stock the lakes need is14.37 lakh million litres till October 1, of which only 2.27 million litres is in store.
“The lakes barely have 16% of rain water, compared to the target of 14.37 million litres. In fact, last year the total water stock was 3.26 million litres.While the rain recorded on July 3-4 was good, more such heavy spells are required in the lakes for us to meet our target stock of 14.37 million litres so that the city goes without water cuts this year,“ said a civic official.
Residents are reeling under a 20% water cut since August 2015 due to an erratic monsoon.A 50% cut was also imposed by the civic body for bulk consumers like malls, star hotels, factories and stadiums. Water to civic swimming pools was also stopped. Compared to last year, the rainfall received in the seven lakes has been less, except for Vihar and Tulsi. Vihar has received 1,462mm so far, while last year it had received 1,042mm; Tulsi received 1,411mm, while last year it had received 1,154mm. But in the case of other lakes outside Mumbai, like Modak Sagar, the rainfall recorded so far has been 481mm, while last year it was 500mm; Tansa got 510mm, while last year it had been 422mm so far; Bhatsa received 601mm, while last year it was 611mm.
Deputy municipal commissioner (general administration department) Sudhir Naik said, “While there was good rain in the catchment areas in the 24 hours between July 3-4, the water stock is not yet satisfactory.We are lagging behind compared to last year’s stock. The 20% water cut for Mumbai will continue. We are monitoring the situation very closely .“
Meanwhile, the Doppler radar at IMD Mumbai remained non-functional.
amar ujala newspaper 05/07/2016 : http://epaper.amarujala.com/login.php