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All of Mumbai's reservoirs are filled to the brim

September 01, 2010 04:00 IST

Four days of continuous rainfall have brought in good tidings for Mumbai. Two of the city's water reservoirs that were yet to reach their optimum level have now risen to the brim.

Bhatsa, one of the six lakes that supplies 60 per cent of the city's water supply has almost reached overflow levels. According to Anil Diggikar, additional municipal commissioner, the state irrigation department has started to release water from the Bhatsa resevoir on Tuesday after it reached 139.35 meters and has full supply level of 142.07

meters.

Reservoirs are never filled to the brim as this may endanger the dam structure and inundate the nearby areas. The four other lakes which supply Mumbai have already overflown.

The total water stock in all the six reservoirs has reached 11.82 million litres as compared to last year's 7.97 lakh million litres.

Due to poor rainfall in 2009, the civic authorities had imposed a 15 per cent water cut throughout the year in the city. The water cuts were completely rescinded on August 28.

N Ganesh in Mumbai
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