Morbe dam wa­ter will last till July-end: NMMC

NMMC says there will be no fur­ther wa­ter cut, ap­peals to res­i­dents to help track leak­ages and il­le­gal con­nec­tions

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

While it is al­most two months left for mon­soon, of­fi­cials from the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) wa­ter de­part­ment con­firmed that the avail­able wa­ter in Morbe Dam will last till July-end.

The dam level on April 13 was recorded as 48.13 mil­lion cu­bic me­tre ( MCM) and of­fi­cials from the civic body claim that the stock will be suf­fi­cient till the end of July.

“The wa­ter level in Morbe dam is 69.10 m which equals to 48.15 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres. The dam is full at 88.0m which is 190 MCM of wa­ter,” said Jaswant Mistry, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, Morbe Dam.

“We are draw­ing only 288 MLD of wa­ter now which was 420 MLD be­fore the cuts. As per es­ti­ma­tion, around 6,000 MLD will be lost up to the end of June. Even af­ter this, the wa­ter will last till July- end,” Mistry added.

Presently, there is a 33% wa­ter cut im­posed by the civic body which was started with 25% in Novem­ber last year.

How­ever, the wa­ter sup­ply was re­duced in the morn­ing and cuts ex­tended till t he evening.

As per the govern­ment stan­dard, per capita wa­ter sup­ply should be 150 to 200 litres a day for pop­u­la­tion over 1 lakh.

Of­fi­cials said the NMMC is sup­ply­ing be­tween 150 and 170 litres a per­son per day. How­ever, of­fi­cials said there would not be any fur­ther dip in the sup­ply.

“We have im­posed wa­ter cuts and re­duc­tion in sup­ply in phases so that res­i­dents do not have face cri­sis sud­denly. With the present con­di­tion, we will not make any fur­ther cuts in the sup­ply,” said Arvind Shinde, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, wa­ter de­part­ment of NMMC.

The civic body also con­ducted wa­ter au­dit last year in Septem­ber of the dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem and found that about 19

per cent is wasted due to leak­age and il­le­gal con­nec­tions. The ad­min­is­tra­tion has sent around 4,235 no­tices in this

re­gard and ef­forts have been taken to plug leak­ages.

“We have formed a team and we will be­gin a sur­vey again. Res­i­dents can help us in track­ing leak­ages and unau­tho­rised con­nec­tions through the helpline num­bers,” said Shinde.

PHOTOS: BACHCHAN KUMAR

Res­i­dents of MIDC Nerul, one of the worst-hit ar­eas, col­lect wa­ter from a bro­ken pipe­line.

A boy trudges home af­ter fetch­ing wa­ter from a pipe­line at MIDC Nerul.

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