The supply of water in Mumbai has decreased down to 26% of its total capacity which is the lowest count since three years. There are seven lakes in Mumbai that supply most of the water to the city including Bhatsa, Tulsi, Vihar, Middle Vaitarna, Modak Sagar, Tansa and Upper Vaitarna.
The total amount of water in these lakes was 3.74 lakh million litres on 7th April. However, in 2017 and 2018, the total amount of water in these seven lakes were 5.66 lakh million litres and 5.59 lakh million litres which were 39% of its total capacity. FPJ has not independently identified the data.
Bhasta lake being the behemoth which supplies most of the water to the city is 26% full now, while Tulsi lake is 42% and Vaitarna lake is 20% full. An unidentified civic official has said to Scroll.in that the water scarcity situation is being monitored closely. Civic officials are also confident that they will be able to handle this problem. But Skymet, a private weather forecasting service has forecasted a below normal monsoon this year.
Bhasta lake has 2.24 lakh million litres of water reserved while the Upper Vaitrana lake has 1.24 million litres of water in stock which can be used during emergencies. The water cut rules of 10% water cut and 15% cut in water supply which were applied back in November 2018 will be on until this year’s Monsoon ends.
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