Mumbai : Speculations were rife that a decision on revoking the 10 per cent water cut would be arrived at BMC standing committee’s meeting on Wednesday, after three of the seven lakes supplying water to the city started overflowing. However, the topic didn’t come up for discussion at the meeting.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Rajiv Jalota said the decision will be taken only after an internal review meeting on August 14, after assessing the situation then.

A senior civic official said there are chances that 10 per cent water cut will be continued as the BMC is keen on saving water so that the stock lasts till next year.

The lake level on Wednesday was recorded at 11,45,564 MLD, while on the same day last year, it was recorded at 11,82,435 MLD.

“On September 30, when the monsoons are almost over, the lake level should reach 14.45 lakh MLD, so that the water stock lasts till July 31. Currently, it has reached a level closer to the water level previous, but that won’t suffice till the next year,” said the official.

“We are trying to save as much water as we can. We are waiting for the Bhatsa and the Upper Vaitarna and the Middle Vaitarna and Vihar lakes fill up completely. Water supplied in August and September is also being used from the current stock, so we will have to be careful,” official said.

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