With monsoon bringing relief to the city with plentiful rains, and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted above average rainfall in the state of Maharashtra this year, but the current water level in catchment areas in Mumbai was recorded low as against last year.
According to the water level chart of seven reservoirs that supply water to Mumbai, issued by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on June 26, 96,665 million litres water was available as compared to 3,32,647 million litres on same day last year, which amounts to just 30%.
The seven reservoirs that supply water to Mumbai are Modak Sagar, Tansa, Vihar, Tulsi, Upper Vaitarna, Bhatsa and Middle Vaitarna.
BMC supplies 3,750 million litres of water everyday to the island city and suburbs, which still falls short of the actual demand of 4,200 million litres.
“There has been decent rainfall for the last few days in the catchment areas, but it is not satisfactory, specially if we compare lake (water) level of present day with corresponding period last year. We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” BMC Deputy Municipal Commissioner (General Administration) Sudhir Naik told PTI.
According to Skymetweather, so far Mumbai has recorded 498 mm of rain against its monthly average of 523.1 mm of rain. With about three more days left in June and two Monsoon systems to give rain over the region, it looks like Mumbai may easily surpass its monthly rains. In fact, there are fair chances of the city even exceeding its monthly average rainfall.
During the last 21 hours from 8:30 am on Sunday, the city recorded 33 mm of rain.
The cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal moving inland can bring more rains. The combined effect of the current rain and the incoming one, it is expected to result in more three digit rains over Mumbai.