City rations water to tackle crisis
NMMC says supply from Cidco, MIDC not sufficient and it will have to manage till July 30
With the water l e ve l at Morbe dam fast depleting, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation ( NMMC) has cut water supply by almost 30% this year. However, the situation may deteriorate further with the onset of summer.
The 88- metre dam has a storage capacity of 190 million cubic metres ( mcm) of water. However, the water level on Wednesday was just 72.79 metres with a storage level of 68.327 mcm.
Sources from NMMC water supply department told HT that the civic body used to supply 421 MLD water in their jurisdiction (from Airoli to Belapur) last year. However, with insufficient water in their dam this year, they are supplying just 300 mld now. They supply water to over 1,16,727 consumers through a network of over 750km long distribution systems with 113 service reservoirs.
Jaswant Mistry, executive engineer of Morbe dam, said, “We received a poor rainfall last year and hence the dam now doesn’t have even 50% of its total storage capacity. We will have to manage with this water till July 30. Therefore the water cut was a necessity.”
“The dam used to overflow earlier because of good rainfall and we could supply sufficient water to residents. However, the last year’s rainfall was as bad as that of 2004 and thus we are facing a crisis situation,” he added.
Even as Mistry said that the water cut will not be beyond 30%, another official said there is a possibility of that. “With 68.327 mcm water, we will have t o manage f or another six months ( till July 30). We also take water f rom Cidco and MIDC, but they are also not providing as much water as they used to do earlier. So there might be a further water cut in Navi Mumbai during summer.”
Certain nodes of Na vi Mumbai such as Airoli are getting water for only three days a week. Some others are getting water in the morning, but not in the evening. NMMC has adopted different policies for supplying water at different areas.
Arvind Shinde, executive engineer of water supply department, said, “Housing societies and other enterprises are not getting as much water as they used to receive earlier. But the situation is still not so bad like in some other cities.”
“We request people to use water judiciously till next monsoon. Housing societies should now stop using excess water for gardening, washing vehicles among others. By creating awareness among the people, we can tackle this problem in a much better way ,” he added.