The water level in the seven lakes that supply water to Mumbai, rose to 97 per cent on Thursday after receiving tremendous rainfall in the watershed. Tulsi, Bhatsa, Vihar, Tansa, Modak Sagar, Upper Vaitarna and Middle Vaitarna are the seven lakes and dam reservoirs that supply drinking water in Mumbai.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on 28th August, decided to remove the cut of water supply in the city of Mumbai from 29th August, after the stock of water in dams exceeded till 95 per cent. The BMC had forced a 20% cut in Mumbai from August 5th because of the decline of 34 per cent in the city’s reservoirs. On 22nd August the cut in the water supply was reduced to 10 per cent to improve the water level in the lakes.
According to the data recorded, on Thursday, by the BMC, revealed, that the seven lakes have 97.21 per cent or 14,06,987 million litres of water corresponding to the full capacity which is approximately 14.47 lakh million litres. During the same time, last year the water stock was at 98.02 per cent with 14,14,755 million litres. However, the water stock was 96.01 per cent with 13,89,587 million litres in 2018.
Currently, the Modak Sagar has 99.99 per cent of water stock available while Tansa has 98.85 per cent, Middle Vaitarna has 96.48 per cent and Upper Vaitarna has 95.75 per cent. Bhatsa has 96.90 per cent and Tulsi has 99.71 per cent of useful water level, respectively. Vihar is at the topmost level of the water stock with an absolute of 100 per cent.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the country has received 27 per cent more rainfall than the normal rainfall in August and is the fourth-highest amount in the last 120 years. The official rainfall season in India starts from June 1st and end on September 30th. The IMD on Monday said that the overall rainfall recorded in Indian from the 1st of June to the 31st of August was 10 per cent more than the average.
The rainfall recorded is also the highest in the last 44 years. August 2020 has proved to be one of the rainiest months that August has ever recorded.
However, August of 1926 saw rainfall of 33 per cent more than usual and is the highest precipitation recorded for this month, so far. On the other hand, in 1976 it recorded 28.4 per cent more rainfall than average while in 1973 it recorded 27.8 per cent more than usual.
However, the 27 per cent increase in the rainfall in August 2020 was greater than the constant and with the help of this rise, the issue of the shortage in the supply of water in various parts of Mumbai would be solved.