After good rainfall in its catchment area, one of the seven lakes supplying water to Mumbai -- Tulsi -- started overflowing on Tuesday morning. This is the second lake to overflow after Modak Sagar.
Mumbai receives its supply of water from seven lakes situated on the outskirts. After heavy rains in June, rainfall waned and the catchment area received meagre rainfall in July and August. This resulted in a total water stock of only 9 lakh million litres in total as against 14 lakh million litres last year. The lack of rainfall forced the BMC to impose a 20% water cut across tjhe city for domestic users and 50% for bulk consumers.
But monsoon has picked up since the onset of Ganesh Utsav, with catchment areas receiving better rainfall. On September 20, Modak Sagar attained its full capacity and started overflowing. Moreover, the Middle Vaitarna is almost full. Both the lakes hold 21 per cent of the city’s total water supply.
On Tuesday morning at around 5.30 am, Tulsi lake also started overflowing. Thus, the city has a total water stock of 11.29 lakh litres as of now. Although the civic body has not formally revoked the water cut, if good rains persist, Mumbaikars can expect some relief.