Almost every five years or so the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) faces the vexed issue of delayed rainfall which leads to major water cuts in the city. The maximum water cut of 40 per cent in 1993 had to be faced by the people when there was a severe water crisis.
Moreso, a similar situation was witnessed in the year 2004 and 2009 when the civic body had imposed a 30 per cent water cut on July 6, 2009, which led to heavy expenditure on BMC in providing water to people through tankers.
Thankfully with spells of rains on July 22, 2009, the BMC had relaxed the cuts with imposing only 15 per cent water cuts instead of 30 per cent.
According to BMC's chief engineer of hydraulics department, Ramesh Bamble, “As per the data available with us from 2004 to 2013, the collective stock of water available in the seven lakes which supply water to the metropolis as of July 16 is 1.1 lakh million litres. The corresponding availability this time last year was 8.8 lakh million litres.”
He further explained, “The optimum stock needed as on July 16 should be about 4.5 lakh million litres. But as of now the existing water stock is expected to last only till August end.”