As Mumbai water stock dips, housing societies shut pools
Publish on : 2019-04-30 11:36:32
MUMBAI: Several housing societies in Mumbai have kept their swimming pools shut now to prevent
any peak summer crisis, after BMC imposed 10% water cuts since November due to low stocks in the
lakes that cater to Mumbai.
For instance, Sion’s Vasanti Apartments has shut its pool for a month while Splendor Township
in Navi Mumbai has kept its pool closed for the past couple of months. A senior BMC engineer said
the civic body does not supply water to swimming pools and that societies have to arrange water for
their pools themselves—through filtration plants, harvest sumps, borewells, etc.
Jasbir Singh Bira, president of the Mumbai Water Tankers’ Association, said many society and club
swimming pools are using filtration plants to ensure continuous water supply. Societies and clubs
that do not have filtration plants keep their pools shut periodically to avoid continued expenditure
on tankers. “As a result, only five or six tankers of water is supplied to housing societies for
swimming pools every day now. Until a few years ago, 20 to 25 tankers of water would go for
swimming pools alone every day,” he said.
According to him, apartments such as Vasanti have shown their responsibility towards the society.
“We also rationed the limited drinking water in order to save it. A majority of dams have only 25-
30% water left,” said a resident of Vasanti Apartments explaining their decision to shut their pool for
a month. In fact, the total stock in the seven lakes that supply water to Mumbai now is at 22%.
Source :- Economic Times