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Good rain this mon­soon has washed away the city’s wa­ter woes. With heavy down­pour fill­ing up lakes sup­ply­ing wa­ter to Mum­bai, the civic body on Wed­nes­day de­cided to lift the 20% wa­ter cut it im­posed on the city af­ter poor rain­fall last year.

Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) of­fi­cials said there is enough wa­ter to meet the city’s needs for the next 167 days. Heavy rain­fall in the past 24 hours it­self has added 10 days of wa­ter to stock – it in­creased by 40,000 mil­lion litres in a day. This means the city has met 54.79 % of its re­quire­ment till July.

Start­ing Oc­to­ber 1, Mum­bai needs 14.37 lakh mil­lion litres of wa­ter to go with­out wa­ter cuts till July 2017 – this is about 3,750 mil­lion litres a day. But poor rain­fall last year led to wa­ter cuts from Au­gust 29, 2015, al­low­ing the BMC re­duce sup­ply to 3,200 mil­lion litres a day.

“The rain­fall in catch­ment ar­eas is 33% more than the rain­fall in July in the past 10 years. The ad­min­is­tra­tion is now re­vok­ing the wa­ter cut im­posed on the city,” said San­jay Mukherjee, the ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner.

On Wed­nes­day, there was 7.93 lakh mil­lion litres of wa­ter in the seven lakes that sup­ply wa­ter to the city. This is about 5 lakh mil­lion litres more than what was recorded last year this time. The BMC with­drew the 20% wa­ter cut im­posed on the city be­cause of heavy rain for the past few days.

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