Mumbai Imposes Water Cuts Amid Severe Shortage in Reservoirs

Mumbai Imposes Water Cuts Amid Severe Shortage in Reservoirs

Mumbai is facing a critical water shortage, with only 10 percent of usable water stock remaining in its reservoirs. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced a 5 percent water cut starting May 30, which will increase to 10 percent from June 5 to extend the current water supply as much as possible.

These cuts will also affect the Thane Municipal Corporation and Bhiwandi Nizampura Municipal Corporation. As of May 25, the dams supplying water to Mumbai hold only 9.69 percent of the annual requirement, totaling 1,40,202 million liters out of the needed 14,47,363 million liters.

This measure follows a statement by civic chief Bhushan Gagrani on May 7, which assured that the city's water stock could last until July 31. The BMC is closely monitoring water levels and managing daily supply to maximize reserves.

The water cuts will remain in place until sufficient rainfall replenishes the reservoirs. Citizens are urged to use water judiciously, with recommendations including washing clothes in machines and avoiding showers. Restaurants are advised to serve water only upon request.

The reduced water stock is due partly to lower-than-expected rainfall in October 2023, resulting in 5.64 percent less stock compared to previous years. However, additional water will be sourced from the Bhatsa and Upper Vaitarna dams, and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted an on-schedule monsoon this year.

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