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Water supply to Mumbai shut down for 24 hours

Water supply to Mumbai shut down for 24 hours

Taps ran dry in India's commercial hub, Mumbai, on Wednesday, leaving the city's 16 million residents without running water as officials moved to upgrade the water supply system.
Fire services stored water for emergencies, hospitals rescheduled operations and hotel guests were asked to reuse towels and sheets.
The water supply was cut off at 10:00 a.m. (0630 GMT) for a planned period of 24-hours to allow engineers to lay kilometers (miles) of new pipes to improve the water distribution network.
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, currently receives about 3.2 billion liters (845 million gallons) of water a day but needs close to 3.9 billion liters (1 billion gallons).
The work will enable the city, India's financial and entertainment capital, to supply its residents with an additional 250 million liters (60 million gallons) of water per day, officials said.
Water supplies in many Indian cities remain erratic with frequent shortages and cuts. Many city residents, particularly those who live in slums, do not have piped water in their homes and rely on communal taps or pumps.
The cut was well publicized ahead of time allowing people to prepare and stockpile water.
Hospitals rescheduled non-emergency operations and asked visitors not to use water.
"We have instructed our doctors to not perform any operations except for emergency surgery. For that we've stored two tankers of water," said Shabbir Somji, the head of the private Habib Hospital, one of Mumbai's oldest.
Fire services were also ready for emergencies with more than 70 water tankers at their disposal, said Mumbai fire chief, A. D. Jhandwal.
"In case water needs to be supplemented, two-kilometer- (1.25-mile-) long water pipes are in place to draw water from below the ground through bore wells," he said.
Residents and guests in the city were asked to be patient.
The city's 5-star hotels put up notices asking guests not to request laundry services and to use towels and sheets for an extra day.
"We have instructed our staff to conserve water.," said Mohit Narula, the General Manager of the Mumbai Oberoi Hotel.
"We'll try not to inconvenience our guests, but if the need arises we'll try and involve them too," he said.
Despite preparations, private water tankers were doing a brisk trade, doubling the price of water and defying traffic regulations that bar trucks from the city roads during peak traffic hours.
"We have hiked the price because there are so many tankers on the road today that we have to bribe the cops so that we don't get caught," said a private water supplier who did not want to be named.


Updated : 2021-07-24 17:15 GMT+08:00