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Mumbai Has A Month's Water Supply Left: CM

The water crisis in Mumbai will worsen if there is no rainfall by mid June, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has warned.“Only one month water supply left for Mumbai if there is no rainfall by
PTI May 14, 2010 17:15 IST
PTI

The water crisis in Mumbai will worsen if there is no rainfall by mid June, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has warned.

“Only one month water supply left for Mumbai if there is no rainfall by June 15th,” he said on Friday. But Chavan's warning may go waste.

As much as 700 million litres of water is being wasted and stolen every day. There have been 20 cases of pipe bursts over the past two months. Each pipeline burst leads to a loss of 3-6 million litres of water

Not just that, 700 million litres of water is lost every day to minor leakages and thefts. Between April 2009 and March 2010 more than 25 thousand leakages and five thousand 100 cases of water theft were reported

Security check posts have been set up at various spots across the pipeline network but leakages and thefts still continue. In the British era, horsemen were deployed to patrol pipelines. The city municipal corporation is now considering a similar move by employing men on bicycles to guard the pipelines.