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Mumbai likely to face 15-20% water cut this week

Tuesday, 1 July 2014 - 7:10am IST | Agency: dna

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) may impose 15-20% water cut this week after seeking approval from the standing committee. Officials from the water department had a marathon review meeting to discuss the water situation on Monday.

"A final decision on the extent of water cut will be taken in the meeting with municipal commissioner on Tuesday. We are already late by a week on taking the decision on water cut and the situation is very alarming," said a senior civic official.

Six lakes supplying water to the city have water stock of 1,18,815 million litres, while on the same date last year, the water stock was 3,96,035 million litres. Levels of Upper Vaitarna, Middle Vaitarna and Vihar lakes have gone below lowest drawable levels.

The water department has worked out a meticulous plan for the city so that residents don't face much problem. "The micro planning in the contingency plans has been done carefully. Timings of water supply will be changed in such a way that there will be enough pressure even in the fag ends, though supply hours will be reduced," said the official.

The city had faced severe water problems in the year 2009. That year, Mumbai faced 15 to 30% cut. However, the worst phase was in 1993, when the city faced 40% cut throughout the year.

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