Lake stock, supplying water to Mumbai, rises by 12 percent

Mumbai: After the late onset of monsoon, the heavy downpour of the last fews days has led to considerable increase in water stock in seven reservoirs which supply water to Mumbai, an official said on Thursday. As of Thursday morning, the total water stock in the lakes had risen to 12 per cent, said Ashok Tewadiya, chief engineer of the Hydraulic Engineering Department. The water stock stood at 5 per cent on June 27. “Heavy downpour in the last couple of days in Mumbai as well as in catchment areas has resulted in decent water storage in the lakes. It was 11 per cent till Wednesday morning and rose up to 12 per cent on Thursday,” he told PTI. Delayed rains had forced the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to draw on the reserve stock in the lakes from June 27. Mumbai's water supply comes from seven reservoirs: Modak Sagar, Tansa, Vihar, Tulsi, Upper Vaitarna, Bhatsa and Middle Vaitarna. The BMC supplies 3,750 million litres of water every day to the residents of Mumbai which still falls short of the actual demand of 4,200 million litres. Another civic official said that another good spell of rain is expected in coming days, though people should use water sparingly.

8.87 pc water in Maha dams, down from 18.7 percent year ago

Mumbai: There is only 8.87 per cent water stock in dams across Maharashtra as of Thursday against 18.7 per cent a year ago, officials said. Following a bad monsoon last year, the state had declared drought in many parts as early as October, while the rains were delayed this year. There are a total of 3,267 dams in the state. Aurangabad division is the worst-hit with 0.56 percent water storage in 964 dams.

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